I think this result is the recession after the boom that was McGregor’s stock. He has always presented himself as head and shoulders above his peers in any division which is part of his charm, but I think this shows he stands eye to eye with them. In my opinion he is a Top 5 Lightweight, but the holes in his game that Diaz exposed many years ago are still present. He is a dynamic striker, but is still not as well rounded as his counterparts.
Don’t get me wrong, if I was a betting man I would have put money on Connor last night, but I was really happy for Poirier. He has been grinding a long time and is still improving, and that W last night adds as much to his stock and is detracts from McGregor.
I agree, but imho I think he should complete the trilogy with Diaz up at a catchweight/welterweight. I would be incredibly excited to see that. I think it gives him the opportunity to get a bit more brash with the trash talk (just a bit though, we don’t want people chucking Monster energy cans at each other again) to build hype and Diaz would probably jump at the payday. Even if Connor loses, the fight is up above lightweight so it won’t carry as much weight. Win or lose, he could return to lightweight and face the winner of Gaetje vs. Chandler for a title eliminator.