Charismatic and cocky fighter Conor McGregor has been quick to make plenty of enemies since entering the UFC ranks. McGregor has impressed in his only two Octagon appearances, but has been on the shelf after tearing his ACL in a fight at Fight Night 26 in Boston in a unanimous decision victory against Max Holloway.
McGregor has taken shots at the entire featherweight division on Twitter and is looking at a move to lightweight when he comes back after recovering from his surgery.
One of the most-high profile running feuds that the Irishman has had in his brief Octagon tenure has been with Diego Sanchez. “The Dream” had a major career resurgence in a sensational battle with Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. Even though Sanchez lost the decision, the tremendous courage he displayed in that fight raised his stock considerably.
Sanchez is hoping to return in March at UFC 171 in Dallas and had been eyeing either Gray Maynard or Nate Diaz as an opponent, depending on the result of their clash this weekend at the TUF 18 Season Finale. However, McGregor entered the picture with an idea that no doubt fans would be very excited to see become a reality.
After trading insults once again with Sanchez, McGregor has asked the UFC to book a fight against Sanchez when he returns at an event in Ireland. McGregor is targeting a return in the middle of next year.
Given the fighting styles of both competitors, it would shape up as yet another epic Sanchez fight. McGregor would definitely be getting a serious step up in competition, while Sanchez would undoubtedly welcome the challenge of trying to humble the trash-talking McGregor. Hopefully, UFC matchmakers can make this potentially explosive matchup happen in 2014.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports