Saturday night marks one of the most important fights of Conor McGregor’s career as he looks to close out his trilogy on a positive note against Dustin Poirier. The pair square off in the main event at UFC 264, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The implications for this main event are massive and here’s a look at some potential options for McGregor, post-July 10th.
Charles Oliveira – UFC lightweight champion
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Should McGregor defeat Poirier on Saturday all signs point to him fighting current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira. The 31-year old titleholder may not be the most appealing name on this list, but the McGregor business becomes much more lucrative when he’s competing for a championship. While many may not agree with a McGregor title shot (should he win on Saturday), don’t be surprised if the UFC makes that move next with Oliveira currently without his next opponent.
Nate Diaz – Unranked Welterweight / Lightweight
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A trilogy fight against Nate Diaz is always on the table for McGregor, regardless of a win or loss this Saturday. The 36-year-old has won just once in his last four fights but Diaz’s fanbase and drawing power will always have him in the conversation of big money fights. Diaz upset McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016, only for McGregor to defeat the Stockton native later that year by majority decision at UFC 202.
Jorge Masvidal – #7 Ranked Welterweight
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With Masvidal losing back-to-back fights against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, the 36-year-old will mainly be looking for marquee fights going forward. That’s why a potential matchup against McGregor makes plenty of sense, should he lose to Poirier this Saturday. I can’t see McGregor asking for this fight off a win unless the UFC goes ahead and books Oliveira against another opponent. This potential matchup would most likely take place at 170-pounds, as Masvidal hasn’t fought in the lightweight division since April 2015.
Tony Ferguson – #6 Ranked Lightweight
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This one is a long shot in my opinion but should still be an option should McGregor lose this Saturday. Ferguson has lost three straight fights to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira and most recently Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 in May. The 37-year-old has battled injuries and inactivity, but despite all that remains one of the biggest names on the UFC roster. The fact these two have never fought before makes an interesting scenario and one McGregor may look at should he suffer two straight losses.