Seven fights for Conor McGregor including Jake Paul and Poirier as UFC legend reveals he has just TWO bouts left on deal

CONOR MCGREGOR is currently gearing up for a 2022 return to the UFC – but he doesn't have many fights left on his contract with the promotion.

The Notorious is on the sidelines recovering from the horrific broken leg he suffered in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.

McGregor, 33, has made great strides in his recovery and is on course to return to the cage in the summer.

But his comeback fight will be one of two bouts remaining on his contract with mixed martial arts' premier promotion.

During an impromptu Twitter Q&A on Saturday, he revealed: "I have two fights left on my contract.

"I’d love to be with the UFC for life. I am the UFC! We shall see."

Following the news of McGregor's UFC contract, SunSport thought it'd only be right to assess the men he'll likely face in his next two fights.

And we've even included a couple of bonus bouts.


Michael Chandler

A few days removed from his UFC 268 war with Justin Gaethje, three-time Bellator lightweight king Chandler called out The Notorious.

And an impressed McGregor agreed to face the new fan favourite, 35, at 'some stage'.

A McGregor vs Chandler bout makes perfect sense at this moment in time given the pair's respective two-fight skids.

And, more importantly, it's a stylistic match-up fans can get behind.

Tony Ferguson

Former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson should've shared the cage with McGregor three years ago after his getting his hands on a piece of the undisputed title at UFC 216.

However, much to his disappointment – and that of fans – a match-up between the former boogeyman of the division and the UFC's poster boy never came to fruition.

But a long-awaited showdown with the out-of-form McGregor is closer than ever for El Cucuy – despite his three-fight skid.

An added ingredient to the tasty match-up is the fact the pair both used to be represented by the same management company – Paradigm Sports Management.

To this day, Ferguson still feels McGregor was given preferential treatment by his former reps.

That, coupled with the fact both men are in desperate need of a big win, makes a McGregor vs Ferguson match-up a very viable option.

Nate Diaz

Before it's all said and done, McGregor and Diaz need to share the octagon again and put an end to their legendary series.

The score is currently level at 1-1. And judging by the pair's constant back-and-forths on social media, they're keen to dance one more time.

A series decider, however, is in doubt as Diaz has one fight left on his deal and has repeatedly expressed an interest in fighting a big name at welterweight.

But if the UFC brass can keep the Ultimate Fighter season five winner on ice until late spring, they could very well set up a blockbuster trilogy fight between the pair.

Max Holloway

Despite competing in a different weight class, former featherweight king Max Holloway is very much in contention to face McGregor in the near future.

The fan favourites have repeatedly exchanged verbals jabs over the years, although in a more friendly manner than McGregor has with some of the other fighters on the roster.

The pair's respective growths since their 2013 meeting have left fans pining for a rematch.

And with a third fight against 145lb champ Alexander Volkanovski unlikely to materialise in the near future, a second showdown with the Irishman could very well be on the horizon for Blessed.

Dustin Poirier

Although he's 2-1 up in his series with McGregor, former interim lightweight champ Poirier is still very much on the radar of the MMA mogul.

The manner in which their Sin City series decider – in which McGregor broke his leg – ended has left some ground for a fourth encounter.

Although it would be a hard sell if Poirier dethrones lightweight champ Charles Oliveira later this month and finally gets his hands on UFC gold.

Despite suffering back-to-back losses to Poirier, McGregor is adamant he'll share the cage with the pride of Louisiana again.

And as history has shown, what McGregor wants, McGregor gets. So don't be surprised if we see Poirier vs McGregor IIII headline a page-per-view event next year.

Bonus fights

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Although it's highly unlikely, McGregor could potentially tempt Nurmagomedov to reverse his retirement if he somehow recaptured the form of his epic run to featherweight gold in 2015.

And a victory over the Russsian's heir Islam Makhachev would go a long way to swaying the Russian to strap on his gloves again.

He would, however, have to do something out of this world to tempt The Eagle to fly again as he recently claimed 'nothing and nobody' can convince him to fight again.

Jake Paul

YouTube sensation Paul has been gunning for a McGregor fight for the best part of two years.

And The Problem Child will remain on track to one day fight the Dubliner if he avoids defeat to Tommy Fury later this month.

McGregor has flirted with a return to the boxing ring ever since his multi-million-pound showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

And earlier this year, he refused to rule out the possibility of facing the former Disney star.

He said: "I couldn't care about them two dingbats. I don't see so, but never say never.

"If they're gonna keep competing, who knows? But, dingbats, the two of them."

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