The loss that Conor McGregor suffered at UFC 196 won't define his entire career. It really shouldn't. I mean, he took a massive risk by jumping into the Octagon with Nate Diaz, a trained welterweight who clearly proved he can take a punch... or a few punches as a matter of fact.
What's next for Conor, though, after losing by submission to Diaz?
Going back to featherweight, according to McGregor, himself, at the post-fight press conference at MGM Grand in Las Vegas:
"It's kind of hard not to give Jose his shot because he was 10 years undefeated. But he pulls out a lot, he doesn't show up a lot. Frankie, at least he gets in there and competes. I'll keep my ear to the ground and see who the fans want. Whatever the fans want is the fight that makes sense."
McGregor went on to discuss the difficulty of cutting weight, but insisting that he would still be able to get it done as he has many times before.
"It's a cut," McGregor said. "It's intense, but I make it and I make it every time."
McGregor hasn't ruled out going for the lightweight belt he was originally supposed to fight for against Rafael dos Anjos (had to sit out due to foot injury).
"I think I will get my shot at the lightweight belt again," McGregor said. "Maybe me and Nate will do it again."
What do you think?
Will McGregor ever get the opportunity to hold multiple belts at once?