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Now that the dust is starting to actually settle from UFC 229; a question remains. What is up with the lightweights? Answer; a lot. Let’s start at the top with KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV. He’ll most likely be serving a suspension so we won’t see him till roughly mid 2019. He can still hold onto his belt. With  DUSTIN POIRIER falling off late last night in his fight with NATE DIAZ it sets up something very interesting. A Nate vs TONY FERGUSON match up for number one a number 1 contender.  Especially with Nate now saying he too is off of 230 in NYC and even though he said he wants the 1st crack at Khabib. That’s more appealing than a trilogy of Nate- Conor because with such a difficult opponent; the company should not want its centerpiece going in on a loss; and a decisive one at that. A firefight that envolves AL IAQUINTA vs JUSTIN GAETHJE would be very fun to watch also. Maybe also play back Dustin vs Pettis so both can get their legs under them again.

In the mean time CONOR MCGREGOR still has oodles of options and at this point doesn’t “need the belt”; his name is made. For  the purposes of this article we will blow off any acting, WWE, or boxing options. He has SPIDER SILVA interested, GSP curious, JOSE ALDO chomping at the bit, and a trilogy with NATE DIAZ is always in the mind. Pretty good choices for a guy 2-2 in his last 4 MMA fights. The company doesn’t want its one true cash-cow reeling to continue to slide. His takedown defense wasn’t that bad vs Khabib, he looked a tad stiff and rusty (no shock being 1st time back in 2 years), even hesitant at times. So letting him build that monstrous ego back up is key. Not that there are push-overs at this level; however one name is KEVIN LEE. Lee’s wrestling is way above average; but a far cry from Khabib’s, his striking is better; but can be handled. With a 6 fight deal signed; and 5 left, Kevin is a perfect rebound start point. He’ll push and chirp back at Conor where Nurmagomedov refused to go. Then you can climb the ladder if you will. Jose has always teased moving to 155. This puts him there, and does he get the revenge he seeks for 13 seconds. Then he can trilogy against the tough younger Diaz brother. One last prep fight of re-matching Dustin; or you can give ANTHONY PETTIS a shot. Then finally with all the hoopla finally gone; you can re-match Khabib. Then he gets to walk away and totally sink himself into his outside opportunities.

No matter how it finally breaks down; there’s certainly a lot of sharks in this tank.



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