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Conor McGregor: Who's Next For The 'Notorious' After Dustin Poirier At UFC 264?

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Conor McGregor: Who's Next For The 'Notorious' After Dustin Poirier At UFC 264?

UFC champion Kamaru Usman, MMA star Nate Diaz and YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul could all be in the pipeline for Conor McGregor WIN or LOSE against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

McGregor's in line for another mammoth fight regardless of the outcome of his trilogy bout against Poirier.

We're talking championship clashes, rubber matches and even a possible fight inside a boxing ring.

So, what's next for McGregor? Well, we take a look at his potential opponents depending on if he wins or loses on July 10.

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If McGregor beats Poirier:

3. Justin Gaethje

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McGregor vs. Gaethje is a barn-burner of a fight. Guaranteed violence. Gaethje's all-action style against McGregor's precise striking is a recipe for a 'Fight of the Year' contender.

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Yes, the American is coming off a defeat - but he's still highly ranked. The history between them would also raise the stakes and will likely bring out the old, trash-talking McGregor who has been vocally tame in that department in his last two UFC outings.

2. Charles Oliveira

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McGregor fighting for the UFC lightweight title makes a lot of sense. More business than anything, but there's still logic around him fighting for UFC gold should he beat the No.1 contender in the division.

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A title around McGregor's waist equals big business for Dana White, who will probably be all over giving him a title shot if he's victorious.

Oliveira, who won the title in May, still hasn't got an opponent. Coincidence? Nope, the UFC appears to be waiting on what happens with McGregor before giving 'Do Bronx' his first title defence.

1. Kamaru Usman

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We reckon a historic championship bout against welterweight king Usman is the most high-profile UFC assignment for McGregor should he return to the win column against Poirier.

'The Nigerian Nightmare' has become a legitimate pay-per-view draw following his victories over Jorge Masvidal. And having already beaten Colby Covington, who seems to be next, a fresh challenge in the form of McGregor is the way to go to drum up an enormous amount of interest.

The former double-champ would have the chance to become the promotion's first ever three-division champion, making Usman vs. McGregor a must-see showdown.

If McGregor loses to Poirier:

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3. Jake Paul

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The chances of McGregor fighting Paul are slim - but, hey, you can't really rule anything out amid the current landscape of the fight game.

But if McGregor does lose to Poirier, and subsequently loses a bit of passion for fighting, then he could look to cash out and face 'The Problem Child' in what would be a lucrative money-spinning fight.

2. Floyd Mayweather

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Again, if McGregor loses to Poirier and doesn't fancy fighting the very best the UFC has to offer, he could run it back with Mayweather, who has opened the door for a mega rematch.

He's already set for life, but the 32-year-old could genuinely ride off into the sunset if he banked another $100 million purse.

White and Co may give it the green light if they get a cut of the revenue like their first meeting in August 2017.

1. Nate Diaz

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Diaz recently returned to the Octagon and if McGregor loses to Poirier, then it's the perfect match-up to make. Settle the rivalry once and for all.

The star power of the Stockton slugger has sky-rocketed ever since he upset McGregor in their first bout and he's still a massive name, with the cult-hero pretty much carrying the UFC 263 card.

Even in defeat, Diaz showed he can still hang with the top contenders in the division.

While McGregor vs. Poirier 3 is huge, just imagine the hype for McGregor vs. Diaz 3.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Conor McGregor

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Nate Diaz, Dustin Poirier, UFC News, Jake Paul, Fight News, UFC, Floyd Mayweather, Kamaru Usman

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