Despite Conor McGregor's comparisons to the anarchist Joker from "The Dark Knight," this is a man with a plan.
At a #UFC205 card that is already record breaking, we all know what McGregor is attempting. Countless videos and articles speak on the historic Madison Square Garden NYC event where he'll take on Eddie Alvarez for the chance to be the first simultaneous dual-weight UFC champion. That is an incredible task, but we'd be amiss if we didn't look at what could potentially be next for McGregor if he wins. UFC commentator Jon Anik has done just that.
"If he beats Eddie Alvarez, he could say I'm taking a year off and come back and command $35 or $40 million a fight," Jon Anik said to FOX Sports. "The most likely course of action with a win would be a Nate Diaz trilogy fight."
"You do it with championship stakes and that just raises everything. It's interesting too because they didn't make the trilogy fight for UFC 205, which they certainly could have," Anik said. "I wanted to see championship stakes for whoever won that fight so I'm glad Conor is fighting for a title. They didn't strike with the trilogy then, but if you don't strike with the trilogy now, you never know. So, I think you'll see that fight if Conor wins."
As the clatter of keyboards already start at the very mention of Diaz skipping line in front of the funky assassin Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, just imagine this:
UFC 209: Diaz vs McGregor III
- Just go ahead and throw Nick Diaz on the card.
- Do a world tour from Stockton, California to Dublin, Ireland.
- Culminating at Croke Park stadium with the UFC lightweight title on the line.
This hypothetical scenario would utterly eradicate every single record in the game. It wouldn't even be close. The whole thing seems nuts, but if there is one fighter that can do it, it's McGregor.
"At this point, I think [McGregor] has gotten to a place where I don't know that I ever thought a mixed martial artist could get there or I didn't think an MMA athlete could get there this soon where he can name his price," Anik said.