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Conor McGregor To Fight ‘At Welterweight’ For His Next UFC Bout

Conor McGregor To Fight ‘At Welterweight’ For His Next UFC Bout

Conor McGregor has been tipped to remain a welterweight for his next fight in the UFC - with huge opponents like Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz lined up.

McGregor made his long-awaited return to the octagon against Donald Cerrone in January and fought at welterweight in the 40 second victory.

McGregor was dominant in the UFC 246 main event against Donald Cerrone. (Image Credit: PA)
McGregor was dominant in the UFC 246 main event against Donald Cerrone. (Image Credit: PA)
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Despite this, former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has claimed that the 31-year-old should stick to welterweight rather than dropping down to lightweight.

"I'm just not convinced he's going back to 155lbs," Sonnen told Sky Sports.

"If we're to see Gaethje taking on Khabib, I tend to believe that just pushes the calendar out for Conor.

"I think Conor is looking for something else to do.

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"I think that's where Jorge Masvidal possibly comes into play, the Nate Diaz trilogy comes into play, I'm just not convinced that Conor's next fight will be at 155lbs."

Jorge Masvidal is currently the BMF champion. (Image Credit: PA)
Jorge Masvidal is currently the BMF champion. (Image Credit: PA)


McGregor has history with Nate Diaz, who he has fought on two previous occasions. (Image Credit: PA)
McGregor has history with Nate Diaz, who he has fought on two previous occasions. (Image Credit: PA)

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McGregor has traded words with BMF champion Masvidal in the past while a third match with Diaz has been hinted by the Irishman himself.

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Sonnen also suggests McGregor could challenge welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for his title.

"I think he's going to fight at 170. I think you could have an argument that Conor is the No 1 contender at 170.

"If they sort Usman and Masvidal, and I hope they do, I hope that all gets worked out, we're just seeing the gamesmanship, I'm think that's really the right fight to do, I'm not sure you can't say Conor's not next in line.

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"There's a number of good arguments. Leon Edwards comes to mind, you've always got T-Wood (Tyron Woodley) in there, Colby Covington, Conor's name is just as good as anybody I just threw out."

'The Nigerian Nightmare' has recently fired back at McGregor for hinting at a 'demolition job' of the welterweight division.

"You must be drunk texting again lol. Lay off that proper whisky bitch. #YoullDoNothin," Usman stated.

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It will be interesting to see when McGregor chooses to fight next, with Dana White stating the former 'Champ-champ' is interested in fighting on 'Fight Island'.

Who do you think Conor McGregor will face next and what weight will it be at?

Let us know in the comments below.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images & Conor McGregor/Instagram

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, Justin Gaethje, UFC News, MMA News, welterweight, Tony Ferguson, UFC, MMA

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