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With McGregor's UFC 257 showdown just days away, we've looked into our crystal ball to conjure up five predictions for 'The Notorious' in 2021.
Sorry, Conor - unless Dana White puts the UFC lightweight title on the line at UFC 257, we don't think you'll will get your hands on a shiny gold belt.
There's uncertainty looming over the UFC lightweight title picture with Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement dilemma, but we reckon he will return this year for ONE more dance before officially walking away from the sport.
We predict he'll fight surging Brazilian contender Charles Oliveira after he beats Michael Chandler in a title eliminator.
Who's next for McGregor after he beats Dustin Poirier then? Well...
McGregor wants it. His coach John Kavanagh wants it. And we're pretty sure every MMA fan wants it too.
So, once the rematch with Nurmagomedov falls by the wayside, McGregor will pursue one of his other rivals. Enter Diaz.
If Nate Diaz is coming back to lightweight then Conor McGregor is keen to complete their trilogy with UFC gold on the line :trophy:
(via @Maclifeofficial) pic.twitter.com/hNEPgM0JUA
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) January 14, 2021
The Stockton slugger will renew his epic rivalry with McGregor having gone to war in two classic bouts in 2016.
The third fight will settle the score with McGregor edging out Diaz, winning a five-round battle - just like their last meeting, in what will be the biggest UFC fight of the year.
It'll complete the greatest trilogy in UFC history, closing the chapter on McGregor vs. Diaz.
McGregor's in a good place at the moment having patched things up with the UFC boss but to drum up a bit of attention ahead of Nurmagomedov's blockbuster comeback, the 32-year-old will call time on his career for a fourth time.
He'll post a philosophical social media post to announce his retirement.
It won't have the same devastating effect as his previous retirement posts yet fans will feel strongly enough to mourn his decision to walk away while celebrating his success in the MMA world.
Amid retirement and enjoying life, McGregor will have a run in with Paul who has called him the "world's biggest chicken" and, of course, brutally taunted him in a video call-out where he aimed a horrendous dig at the fighter's fiancé.
McGregor and the YouTuber will get into a shoving match, with their respective teams getting involved including Dillon Danis who'll go viral for punching one of Paul's entourage - setting up a boxing fight between Paul and Danis.
Caught the biggest shit talker slacking @dillondanis you gotta check in when you come to La. #GenerousDriveBy pic.twitter.com/460MjnO3F6
- Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 15, 2020
TMZ will get the scoop, scandalously videoing McGregor and Paul throwing down in some random restaurant in Hollywood.
Just like his other retirements, McGregor will resume his fighting career but he'll swap the cage for the ring as he returns to boxing.
Talks are intensifying for a fight with Manny Pacquiao and we believe McGregor will go back to boxing for a one-off lucrative showdown.
Pacquiao, who is part of the same management firm as him, will welcome McGregor back to the ring for a huge showdown in late 2021.
Even at 42, 'Pacman' will box McGregor's head off on route to a comfortable victory.
How will McGregor's 2021 pan out? Will our predictions come true? Stay tuned.
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