Now’s a time for Conor McGregor to relinquish UFC lightweight title

While Conor McGregor himself hasn’t pronounced anything publicly about his intensity lapse to a UFC Octagon given he went 10 rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jr. progressing this summer, his manager John Kavanagh recently common his thoughts on when, where and opposite whom he’d like to see his assign face next.

The male during a helm of SBG Ireland suggested that a St. Patrick’s Day showdown with Nathan Diaz during Madison Square Garden in New York City would be his elite opponent, date and venue for McGregor’s initial UFC coming given claiming a lightweight pretension during a sacred locus in Nov 2015.

Speaking on theatre with Mike Sheridan during a launch of a Original Penguin AW17 collection (and recounted by a smashing Peter Carroll of MMA Fighting), Kavanagh explained since if he were a one job a shots and final McGregor’s subsequent move, a trilogy quarrel with Diaz would be his choice.

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“I always consider that if we was to rise a warrior that would give Conor his best or misfortune night, possibly proceed we demeanour during it, we would come adult with Nate Diaz,” pronounced Kavanagh. “He can travel by anything, he can compare him rather in a rabble speak and afterwards we have a thing between Conor’s organisation and his crew.”

Though few would disagree a trilogy hitch between McGregor and Diaz is a biggest quarrel a UFC can make during a moment, there are some who would like to see a classification press postponement on putting together a biggest quarrel probable and have champions urge their titles opposite a tip contenders.

For McGregor, that would meant environment aside what is certain to be a remunerative compensate day and some-more sparkling pairing with Diaz in preference of holding on one of several estimable contenders now queuing adult in a lightweight division.

Next weekend, Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee do conflict for an halt lightweight belt. Khabib Nurmagomedov stays undefeated and one of a some-more constrained stylistic matchups accessible to McGregor. Justin Gaethje could make for an engaging dance partner for “The Notorious” one should he get by former champ Eddie Alvarez in December.

In terms of merit, any one of those intensity opponents can make a improved box for confronting McGregor than Diaz, though a UFC has never operated as a despotic meritocracy and Kavanagh suggested that his cherished student is no longer firm by a normal ideas that mostly foreordain championship matchups.

“At this stage, we discuss Diaz and people are shouting, ‘What about Khabib?’ or ‘What about Tony?’ and there’s Kevin Lee and some other guys. People say, ‘They’re due their shot!’

“Really, Conor doesn’t have to do that anymore,” combined Kavanagh. “He won a featherweight belt, halt and unified. He won a lightweight belt. At this theatre he’s usually doing fights since they’re fun. A large quarrel rave and to win that — that will do for me anyway.”

It’s unfit to disagree with a SBG Ireland conduct man’s thinking; McGregor has achieved a good understanding during his UFC tenure, determined himself as a tip pull in a graduation and is uninformed off holding partial in a large philharmonic that set him adult with adequate income to retire and live a gentle life should he choose. Why would he come behind for anything other than a remunerative compensate day and a matchup that intrigues him?

Ferguson, Lee and Nurmagomedov are all high risk, low prerogative opponents for McGregor; tough outs who would plea a lightweight champion inside a enclosure though delivering a kind of box bureau earnings a third quarrel with Diaz would deliver.

Additionally, McGregor already knows what he’s traffic with should he step into a Octagon for a third time with Stockton’s favorite son, since he’d have new problems to solve if he were matched with anyone else next.

And there is an easy resolution to all this: McGregor needs to empty a lightweight title.

The 29-year-old Irishman is a worldwide luminary with measureless sketch energy with or though UFC bullion wrapped around his waist. Whether he has a pretension or not would have small impact on a volume of income he could authority for a third hitch with Diaz (or any other quarrel for that matter).

If Kavanagh is scold and McGregor has small seductiveness in fortifying his belt opposite a tip contenders in a lightweight division, relinquish a belt and let a rarely rival 155-pound ranks start relocating brazen once again.

All that’s function now with McGregor holding a lightweight tag warrant is a same thing that transpired in a featherweight multiplication final year following his pretension joint delight over Jose Aldo during UFC 194 in Dec 2015 — an nonessential halt pretension has been combined while contenders are stacking adult and removing separated from a pretension follow for no good reason.

There is no indicate to carrying an halt pretension quarrel if McGregor has 0 seductiveness in a pretension joint hitch and would cite to take a some-more freelance proceed to his fighting career going forward. Again, it’s an proceed that creates finish clarity for a Irish standout, though it shouldn’t have to occur during a responsibility of everybody else who operates within a “work your proceed adult a ladder in hopes of fighting for a title” complement that has prolonged been in place.

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McGregor can be an outlier — a glitch in The Matrix — but his pursuits shouldn’t extent a opportunities of everybody else in a lightweight division.

If he wants to be a “special attraction,” a UFC should use him as a special attraction, though that should also meant carrying him relinquish a lightweight tag so that all else can lapse to normal.

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