Well folks, the day has finally arrived. Conor McGregor went from this iconic night, in November of 2016, to now holding no belt in the UFC, and having zero traction for a future UFC bout.
Virtually anyone with a brain saw this coming, especially when the UFC made UFC 221's Main Event, Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, a Lightweight championship fight, not an interim championship fight.
Plain and simple, Conor McGregor has blown it. To quote the great Gucci Mane, he's lost in the sauce. McGregor sees only dollar signs and truth be told the UFC is not the place that will provide the amount of dollar signs he's seeking, at least for now. McGregor had legitimate chance at becoming the greatest UFC fighter ever, by simply defending just one of his belts once.
Is Conor McGregor done? I don't believe so. I think the trilogy with Nate Diaz will absolutely happen, whether it be a year or two down the line, or sometime this year, you can bet the house that those two will settle this thing once and for all. But as for the lightweight belt, or even the featherweight? He's better off walking away. I believe McGregor would go down to 145-pounds and dominate Max Holloway, but I don't think that fight will interest McGregor. As far as the two lightweight monsters awaiting him, I think McGregor would also beat Ferguson, but Khabib is a different beast.
McGregor's UFC career has been nothing short of entertaining, and I simply hope that we get to see him back in the cage, because the man truly is one of the best in the sport, and every fight of his is must see.