He may have wound up in a fight against Michael Bisping, but for a while there, it looked as if Georges St-Pierre vs. Conor McGregor was going to be the UFC"s next blockbuster matchup. After it was spoiled by Nate Diaz the first time it was being proposed, GSP's coach fired up the rumor mill again last week by hinting at the potential matchup — which Kenny Florian preemptively dubbed "the biggest fight in UFC History" — during an appearance on The MMA Hour last week.
But with McGregor currently off preparing for a child while simultaneously chasing a fight with Floyd Mayweather that may or may not ever happen, the question of just who he plans to face upon his return has become an ever-pressing one.
This weekend's #UFC209 interim lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will determine who will challenge McGregor in the Octagon next, and according to McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, we should for a Russia vs. Ireland battle for the ages.
Which opponent? I’ve said it before – the Nate (Diaz) rematch interests me a lot because it’s 1-1 and (because of) how the styles match up. Almost on a par with that, not much difference will be the winner of Khabib and Ferguson this weekend. I think Khabib does it, so I think Khabib will be the winner. So Khabib will be the match up out of that.
In fact, Kavanagh even thinks Khabib presents more challenges than the great GSP.
Below that would be GSP. Purely because GSP was an incredible fighter, (I’m a) big fan of him, I’ve learnt a lot from watching his fights, but it’s a long time since he’s fought and the game changes very, very quickly and I think Khabib is sort of like a better version of GSP. Although we don’t know, it’s hard to tell how GSP and Khabib would match up. But yeah, MMA-wise, Nate or almost on a par winner of Khabib/Ferguson.
Regardless of when or if the GSP-McGregor fight ever happens, I personally find comfort in the fact that McGregor's team is not trying to brush past Nate Diaz, because you can guaran-damn-tee that Nate Diaz is not brushing past them.