ESPN’s Brett Okamoto dropped the bombshell that Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon on January 18th was a go.
The Notorious one who has not won since 2016 and has not fought since October last year. He will return to face Donald Cerrone, at welterweight. Since this bout was made official, there have been two main talking points.
When it was announced that Conor would be returning to take on Cowboy, we all just assumed it was at 155 pounds. Then we read the article closer and noticed it was at 170. I have to be honest, the one thing I don’t like about this fight is the weight class. Conor is better at 155 and as we have seen lately, Cowboy is better at 170. So it begs the question, why did Conor want a fight at 170?
The answer is simple, Jorge Masvidal. When Conor announced his January 18th return at the press conference in Russia, he mentioned he wanted three fights this year. One of those fights would be the winner of the highly anticipated Diaz vs. Masvidal fight. As we know after some controversy, Masvidal would get the win. Conor wants a good win at 170 to sell a fight with Jorge Masvidal later in the year, hopefully Cowboy will be that win.
If you look at McGregor’s Instagram lately, he looks huge. I’m not sure how Conor will look at 170, but if his Instagram is to be believed, he will be fine. How he will handle the weight is a different story, but it seems Conor has been unofficially training and bulking up for a while now.
Is Cowboy the Right Opponent?
Now this question has annoyed me as of late. When Cowboy beat Hernandez, Conor was the fight to make, when Cowboy beat Iaquinta, Conor was the fight to make.
So Cowboy loses to two of the best lightweights on the world, Tony and Justin, and now he’s washed up? It seems like everybody wanted the fight until Conor actually signed the contract. So many people have said Conor is ducking Gaethje and he’s taking the easy fight. Cowboy loses two fights and suddenly he’s an easy opponent? Cowboy is not an easy opponent for anybody, just ask Alexander Hernandez.
You wanna know why this is the right fight for Conor’s return? History. These two go back four years ago when they traded verbal shots at that press conference. Cowboy has been calling out Conor for almost a year, it is time this fight is signed.
Cowboy has never gotten a spot this big and regardless of how you feel about McGregor, Cowboy deserves this. I think Cowboy is 100% the right opponent and January 18th can not come soon enough.
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The Scrap’s Austin Luff is broadcasting student with a passion for watching and writing about mixed martial arts and professional wrestling. Make sure to follow Austin on Twitter (@AJMMA_).