ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

After months of hype and speculation, the results are in. Conor McGregor has officially won the rematch with Nate Diaz, avenging his UFC 196 defeat.

Now the question remains, just what will McGregror do next? Will he return to featherweight to defend his belt as Dana White promised?

On facing Jose Aldo again.

While he's not ruling it out, at the post-fight press conference it didn't sound like he was particularly excited for a second fight with the former champ Jose Aldo either.

“It’s hard for me to get excited about that, especially after his last performance," McGregor said, referencing Aldo's UFC 200 win over Frankie Edgar. "It was a decision. He didn’t go out and get it. He didn’t go out and get it like I wanted him to get it. I don’t know. We will see. I am the 145-pound champion. The interim 145-pound champion is a man that I KO'd in 13 seconds.

"I’ve got to figure out what’s next. I don’t know what’s next. There’s many things in the pipeline, so sit tight."

Will he be stripped of the title?

McGregor was also asked if he thought he might be stripped of the title if he chose not to defend it in his next fight.

“I don’t think they are going to do that ... and bury that division in the prelims and Fight Pass," McGregor responded. "Because that’s what they are going to do. We’ll see. How can they do that? What would that do to the division if the guy I KO'd in 13 seconds is the unified champion?"

McGregor teases some big moves.

"We’ve got a lot to talk about, but I am in a beautiful, beautiful position right now," McGregor added. "And that was built through hard work and I am going to capitalize on that. … Sh-t is about to hit the fan.”

What exactly does McGregor mean when he says he will "capitalize" on this recent success? Could a permanent move to lightweight be in order? After all, McGregor did state that a rematch with Nate Diaz would likely be contested at 155.

Or perhaps he'll be looking for more superfights. Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has offered to move up in weight to take on McGregor. And of course, even stranger possibilities such as a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, still exist.

It seems for now though, we'll have to wait and see what "Mystic Mac" wants to do next.


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