That being said, the reality is that McGregor holds all the aces here as by far and away the UFC's biggest and wealthiest star, so if he says he wants to go in a different direction and fight someone else then it's going to be hard to convince him otherwise.
Last night, in the co-main event of the stacked UFC 216, Ray Borg stepped into the cage with perhaps the greatest fighter to ever do it: UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. "I'm going to kick your ass", Ferguson said in the microphone following his victory, challenging McGregor.
McGregor has held up Ferguson's career long enough. He went and partied in Ibiza for a while and went home for a while. It also shows Kevin Lee's extra hour, before the pre-fight staredowns at the ceremonial weigh-in. But McGregor, as he would be the first to say, is above the rules. I'll ankle pick him.
Ferguson theorized: "The boy's scared".
His coach John Kavanagh wants to see the Crumlin native fight Nate Diaz for the third time but UFC boss White insists the Stockton bruiser is not part of the picture. He's never mentioned my name not one time.
McGregor could want to wait until St. Patrick's Day night for his return after pocketing an estimated $100 million against Mayweather, but the UFC may press to have him return in its December 30 card. He's got nowhere else to run.
"The staph was bothering me throughout the weight cut", Lee said.
This loss to Demetrious Johnson marked the end of a nice, two-fight streak for Ray Borg.
While McGregor likes the idea of fighting Khabib in Russian Federation, his inconsistency in showing up to fights puts millions in promoting at stake if he doesn't make weight. "You've got to let him blow off some steam and then we'll figure it out".
"Tony was the better man tonight", he added of his opponent.
McGregor said that he will wait for the results at UFC 216 before making any decisions on his first fight back in the UFC. He even wanted to allow Lee to take him down, so he could work off of his back to get a submission.