Conor McGregor May Get Next Shot at Featherweight Title

Published on September 28th, 2014 4:57 pm EST

Conor McGregor did what he said he was going to do last night - he knocked out Dustin Poirier in the first round.

One of the most intriguing fights on the UFC 178 main card was Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier. McGregor has quickly become one of the biggest stars in the UFC while Poirier is a tough and battle-tested competitor. Would the Conor McGregor "hype train" get derailed by the "Diamond"?

Prior to the fight, McGregor claimed that he would knock out Poirier in the first round. A bold claim, especially given the fact that McGregor confirmed that he had, in fact, suffered a hand injury (torn ligament in his thumb) four weeks ago.

In the end, McGregor backed up his talk, knocking out Poirier after about two minutes. McGregor used his quick boxing and movement to make short work of his opponent.

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So what's next for McGregor?

Well, it's clear that the UFC has a juggernaut on their hands. Also, given that Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson have both lost to Jose Aldo in the past (Swanson and Edgar are meeting later in the year for what is thought to be a contender eliminator fight), McGregor may be able to sweep in and claim a shot at the Featherweight title.

McGregor is not making any bones about the fact that he wants to fight for the title next. As a matter of fact, he will be sitting cageside at UFC 179 when Jose Aldo attempts to defend his title against Chad Mendes.

Would the UFC allow McGregor to sit cageside if they weren't at least entertaining the thought of giving McGregor the next shot at the title? Seems doubtful.

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Expect the UFC to give McGregor the next shot at the title, and expect the UFC to host the fight at a soccer stadium in either Brazil or Ireland.


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