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UFC: Odds on who’s next for Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

As soon as Conor McGregor’s hand was raised after his decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202, fighters began to line up and call for their shot against the Irishman. There’s no doubt that a fight vs the reigning featherweight champ can raise the profile of anyone who he steps in the Octagon with, but it will also line their pockets as McGregor is changing the game in terms of fighter salaries — he and Diaz combined for a record $5-million purse at 202.

With a number of possible opponents on the horizon, online sportsbook Sports Interaction has set odds on exactly who his next opponent will be. Fighting for a title or defending his own are the most likely outcomes, as a rematch with Jose Aldo is the favorite at +125, followed slightly by a lightweight title shot vs Eddie Alvarez at +137.

Many question McGregor’s intentions regarding defending his featherweight title as the weight cut to 145 lbs is a rather gruesome one for the champ, but he hasn’t lost at that weight since 2008 — 20 fights ago. Dana White seems to be pushing for McGregor’s return to the division, but McGregor has openly stated that a rematch with Aldo — a man he KO’d in 13 seconds — doesn’t excite him.

A fight vs Alvarez at 155 lbs seems logical, considering McGregor was set to challenge for that title back in March when former champ Rafael dos Anjos pulled out with an injury which set up the first Diaz fight. This might be the ideal weight class for McGregor who’s already listed as a -185 favorite for a potential showdown with Alvarez.

A rubber match with Diaz is inevitable and comes in at third on the list at +600. Dana White doesn’t appear to be in much of a rush to set this one up though. The only other fight that could go down — and it’s only because it would make truckloads of money — is vs Georges St-Pierre, who’s been teasing a comeback to the Octagon. Given GSP’s size advantage and wrestling pedigree, this would likely be a snoozer with McGregor on his back for the majority of the fight.

A few other fun fights are listed, along with a few completely stupid options in Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar which would be a waste of time to discuss, but the sportsbook definitely hopes you’ll waste your money backing them. Don’t.

Who will Conor McGregor's next opponent be?

Odds as of August 31 at Sports Interaction

  • Jose Aldo +125
  • Eddie Alvarez +137
  • Nate Diaz +600
  • Georges St-Pierre +1000
  • Nick Diaz +1200
  • Tyron Woodley +2800
  • Frankie Edgar +4000
  • Stephen Thompson +5000
  • Ronda Rousey +50000
  • Brock Lesnar +50000