After his big win at UFC 273, what’s next for Khamzat Chimaev?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 273, we saw a welterweight showdown that the world had been waiting on. Superstar prospect Khamzat Chimaev (11-0) was finally getting a shot against top welterweight competition in former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-5).

The odds for this matchup were almost comical they were so lopsided. It was clear that everyone believed that Chimaev would run through Gilbert Burns just like he had run through all of his previous UFC competition.

However, that’s not what happened at all. From the opening bell, Burns made it clear that this would be a fight. Having only been hit twice before inside the octagon, Chimaev absorbed over 100 strikes from the former title challenger.

After a close first round, Chimaev dropped Burns near the end of the round. It looked like he would get the stoppage at UFC 273 for a second, but Burns powered through. The second round, Burns took over and looked sensational evening up the rounds one a piece.

In the final round, Chimaev was composed and really took control. However, Burns battled back in the final minute and made things interesting. However, all three judges agreed that Chimaev won the final round and gave him the decision win at UFC 273.

What’s next after UFC 273?

Nobody was really downplaying Khamzat Chimaev prior to UFC 273, but now you can’t deny him. The main is one of the very best welterweights on the planet and the win over Burns shows just how special he is.

Now that he’s been tested against elite competition, it’s only bigger and better fights from here on out. So, what will the UFC do next with their budding superstar? Well, Dana White hinted at wanting to do a ABC Fight Night headlined by Chimaev and former interim champion Colby Covington.

Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards are expected to fight for the UFC welterweight title over the summer. Covington has already lost twice to Usman, but if he wins another fight, the promotion would be willing to do a third fight. Usman also said he would take a third fight with Covington.

Beating Colby Covington would really establish Chimaev as the number one contender. I think the UFC is going to push for this fight with the winner being guaranteed a title shot. Either we would see Covington get his third shot, or by the end of the year, Khamzat Chimaev could have his crowning moment.

Conor McGregor eyeing UFC welterweight title shot upon his return

Conor McGregor, UFC

Conor McGregor (22-6) has found himself back in news circles today after revealing his UFC comeback plans. The former two-division world champion had an interview with his publication, The Mac Life, where he talked about returning to the octagon.

Currently, McGregor has been rehabbing his leg and suffering a broken leg last July at UFC 264. McGregor has bulked up his upper-body and been lifting weights to go along with his legs rehabilitation.

With the extra mass, McGregor said today that he wasn’t particularly interested in returning to the UFC’s lightweight division. McGregor stated that he already won the lightweight title and something bigger was on his mind.

That something bigger is a shot at the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. McGregor has been very vocal about his interest to come right back into a title shot. However, most assumed that title shot would potentially be at 155 pounds.

McGregor’s UFC Plans vs Reality

McGregor said that he wants to be comfortable moving forward and he doesn’t see himself returning to lightweight. With the extra mass, he feels good and comfortable now and thinks the UFC’s welterweight division is a good spot for him.

He also fantasizes about becoming the first man in the history of the promotion to become a three-division world champion. Now, let’s be completely honest, the odds of that happening are not great at all.

Kamaru Usman is going to be defending his welterweight title over the summer against Leon Edwards. Should he win that fight, the next fight for him is not clearly defined. He’s been lapping guys in the division so there’s not many compelling matchups.

Of course, if Khamzat Chimaev beats Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, there’s your compelling challenger. However, there would be no fight bigger than Conor McGregor and that would get the champion paid.

Do I think that Conor McGregor could beat Kamaru Usman? No, I don’t think he would beat Kamaru Usman. Will he get a shot at Kamaru Usman? Probably shouldn’t, but this is Conor McGregor and he has his own rules in the UFC.

With these new plans laid out by McGregor, I’m fascinated to see how this all plays out.

2022 UFC Dark Horse: Vicente Luque

The UFC‘s welterweight division is one of the most stacked divisions within the promotion. Atop the division is the pound-for-pound king at the moment, Kamaru Usman. Usman has dominated his way to the title and now he’s fighting guys for the second time during his reign.

One of the guys he has not fought is Vicente Luque (21-7-1). Luque’s nickname matches him perfectly with his nickname being ‘The Silent Assassin’. Despite being clearly one of the best in the world, Luque’s name isn’t mentioned much.

Now, Luque was serving as the backup for UFC 268 when Usman had his rematch with Colby Covington. However, Luque didn’t do himself any favors by missing weight when he was the event’s backup. Dana White said it wasn’t a good look.

Going back to 2015, Luque is an astonishing 14-2 over his last sixteen UFC fights. The two losses came against Wonderboy Thompson and Leon Edwards. It’s clear that Leon Edwards is likely getting the next crack at Kamaru Usman.

So where does that leave Luque and the UFC?

Luque is the UFC’s Dark Horse

Currently, Luque is riding a four-fight winning streak. His last fight came at UFC 265 when he took on Michael Chiesa. Luque impressed everyone when he submitted the talented grappler in the first round.

However, the win leaves Luque in a tough spot. There’s no one for him to fight that makes a lot of sense. From a rankings perspective, Gilbert Burns makes sense. However, Luque and Burns are best friends and have said that they prefer not to fight.

Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal appear to be on a collision course so that would take them off the table. With those options off the table, the UFC has two options but those might be off the table as well.

I like Luque taking on either Belal Muhammad or the hyped prospect Khamzat Chimaev. Luque has already said that he would take the fight with Chimaev. That would be a huge deal for the UFC because it would move Chimaev right into title contention with a win.

However, there’s momentum towards booking Chimaev and Muhammad against each other. It’s astonishing how a guy like Luque is being left out of the conversations with the top guys. He reminds me of where Charles Oliveira was in early 2021.

Luque is definitely a guy to watch this year. I think the UFC will figure out a good opponent for him next and if he impresses, he’s likely going to be challenging for the welterweight title this year.

Who will be UFC champion after 2022? (Welterweight – Heavyweight)

UFC, Jon Jones

2021 is coming to a close and it’s time to look at some UFC predictions for 2022. One of the fun things to do entering a new year is predicting who will be holding UFC gold once the calendar turns over to 2023.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the big boys and seeing who will be wearing gold at the end of next year. Last year, these predictions didn’t do very great as the only one I got right was the middleweight division.

I thought Jon Jones would return to become UFC heavyweight champion and I figured Israel Adesanya would defeat Jan Blachowicz. I also figured that Gilbert Burns would defeat Kamaru Usman when they fought.

Obviously, none of those predictions came true. Hopefully, my 2022 predictions for UFC champions will be a lot better.

UFC champions after 2022

Welterweight – Kamaru Usman

Starting off is the UFC’s welterweight division. Kamaru Usman (20-1) is still the king at 170 pounds after a sensational year that saw him defend his title three times. In fact, he was my fighter of the year in 2021 with those three defenses.

As we enter 2022, it’s hard to see anyone taking the title from The Nigerian Nightmare. The most intriguing contender is prospect Khamzat Chimaev (10-0). Chimaev has the skillset and the talent to potentially dethrone the champion, but we need to see him compete against more top competition first.

Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is likely getting the next crack at Usman. Edwards didn’t win the first time they fought and it’s hard to see him beating him the second time. I think Kamaru Usman leaves 2022 with the UFC welterweight title still wrapped around his waist.

Middleweight – Israel Adesanya

Next up is the UFC’s middleweight division where Israel Adesanya (21-1). This past year saw Adesanya defend his middleweight title once and that came against Marvin Vettori back in June.

Adesanya completely dominated the fight to retain his title. Next up for The Last Stylebender is a rematch with former champion Robert Whittaker (23-5). Whittaker is by far the biggest challenger for Adesanya in the middleweight division.

These two will fight at UFC 271. If there’s one man who can beat Adesanya at 185, it’s Whittaker. However, I still give the edge to Stylebender and I think he’ll hold on to his middleweight title. If Whittaker doesn’t beat him, no one will next year.

Light Heavyweight – Jiri Prochazka

Next up is the light heavyweight division where Glover Teixeira (33-7) is currently the champion. If you would’ve told me that entering 2022 that Glover Teixeira would be the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, I would have told you that you were on drugs.

However, Teixeira proved this past year that age is just a number and he became the light heavyweight champion. His Cinderella story has truly been remarkable, however, it might come to a screeching halt in the first part of 2022.

I believe that the best light heavyweight in the world is Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1). Prochazka has looked sensational since joining the UFC with knockout wins over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes. He will now get a shot against Teixiera in the first part of next year.

I don’t see any scenario where Teixeira wins unless he’s able to just take Prochazka down at will. Once Prochazka gets his hands on the UFC light heavyweight title, I don’t see him letting it go.

Heavyweight – Jon Jones

Last but not least is the UFC’s heavyweight division. Last year, I figured that we would have seen the heavyweight debut of Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC) and I figured he would be atop the heavyweight division. Well, I’m keeping that prediction for 2022.

The one thing I did get right about 2021 was Francis Ngannou (16-3) defeating Stipe Miocic to become champion. Ngannou will defend his title against Ciryl Gane (10-0) next month in a unification bout.

I’m still torn on that fight, but I think that the winner is going to face Jon Jones. While some might think I’m crazy, I still believe that at his best, Jon Jones is the best fighter in the UFC. He’s had so many issues outside the cage, but inside, he’s been flawless.

Whenever he comes back and gets his shot in 2022, I think he’s going to show off just how good he is. I believe that Jones will capture the UFC heavyweight title in 2022 and regain his top spot on the pound for pound rankings.

2021 UFC Fighter of the Year

2021 was a huge year for the UFC. We saw some incredible fights, stunning upsets, and monumental wins. There were so many fighters who had sensational 2021 campaigns.

One fighter that stands out is interim UFC heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane (10-0). Gane has completely taken off this year and he’s showing the world just how special he is. The French heavyweight started the year by taking on Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

After outpointing Rozenstruik, he defeated Alexander Volkov. That win against Volkov earned him an interim title shot against Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 in Houston. Gane had the best performance of his career and stopped The Black Beast in the third round. Talk about an incredible year.

Another fighter that really stands out is Charles Oliveira (32-8). Oliveira competed twice and stopped Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier to win and defend the UFC lightweight title.

While these are just two examples, there are so many other fighters who also had incredible years. All that being said, there is one UFC fighter who stands out amongst all fighters for their year in 2021.

2021 UFC Fighter of the Year – Kamaru Usman

Make no mistake about it, Kamaru Usman (20-1) is the only choice for UFC Fighter of the Year. The Pound for Pound king had three appearances in 2021 which solidified him as the best in the world.

To start the year, Usman defended his UFC title against Gilbert Burns. In all transparency, I thought Burns had the best chance to dethrone him given his style. However, Usman showed just how good he is and stopped Burns.

Then, he had a rematch with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261. Most people expected Usman to defeat Masvidal by utilizing his wrestling. However, Usman shocked everyone when he knocked Gamebred out cold on the feet.

To cap off his year, Usman defended his title against Colby Covington at UFC 268. If Usman is 1A, Covington is clearly 1B. Covington would be the welterweight champion if Kamaru Usman wasn’t competing.

However, Usman is competing and these two had another close fight in November. When the scorecards were read, Usman won again making him 2-0 against the second best welterweight in the world.

Usman is starting to beat guys at 170 for the second time. However, his greatest UFC challenge might come to a head in 2022. If you want one fighter who has the potential to stop Usman’s run, it would be Khamzat Chimaev.

However, Chimaev is still a win or two away from a title shot. Right now, it’s hard to see Usman’s reign coming to an end. The Pound for Pound king deserves to be celebrated and he’s clearly the UFC’s Fighter of the Year in 2021.

Who’s next for Kamaru Usman after UFC 268?

This past weekend at UFC 268, we saw a rematch for the welterweight title. In the main event, Kamaru Usman (20-1) defended his title against Colby Covington (16-3). It was the second time that these men met inside the octagon with the first coming back at UFC 245 in 2019.

In between the first and second fights, we saw dramatic improvement from Usman after he made the switch to Trevor Wittman’s camp. Usman’s striking got considerably better and his performances showed that. However, many still thought of Covington as his toughest opponent.

We saw both stories play out on Saturday at UFC 268. In the first two rounds, we did see that improvement from Usman. We saw him drop Covington twice in the second round and nearly finish him. That said, we also saw Covington prove how tough he was.

In the later rounds, I actually was favoring Covington with his pressure and he was landing. That said, Usman still got the nod and the right decision in my book was 48-47 Kamaru Usman. The UFC‘s welterweight champion proved that he’s still the best in the world.

Who is next after UFC 268?

Dana White was absolutely right when he said Colby Covington is clearly the second best welterweight in the world. White said that if Kamaru Usman didn’t exist, Colby Covington would be the UFC welterweight champion. Usman has now defeated him twice.

The champion is on his second round through a lot of the top tier opponents which is why White has already labeled him the welterweight GOAT. Now that Usman has defeated Covington for the second time, who is next in the welterweight division.

Well, there are a couple of options for the champion. Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is fighting Jorge Masvidal (35-15) next month at UFC 269. If Edwards wins that fight, there is no doubt in my mind that he’s next for Kamaru Usman. This fight would also be a rematch.

However, if Masvidal were to win, there’s a different contender who Usman hasn’t fought. That man is Vicente Luque (21-7-1). Luque was actually the backup this past weekend and he’s won four straight by stoppage. If Edwards falls next month, expect Luque to get the next shot.

Khamzat Chimaev (10-0) is a wild card name to watch. As of now, no way he’d get the next shot. However, there’s rumors that he might fight Gilbert Burns next. If he fights Burns and destroys the former title challenger, he could leap all the way to the front of the line.

What’s next for Colby Covington after UFC 268?

UFC, Colby Covington

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 268, we saw a rematch for the welterweight title. The champion Kamaru Usman (20-1) defended his title for the second time against Colby Covington (16-3). Their first fight came back at UFC 245 in December of 2019.

That fight nearly two years ago was as close as it could get. Through four rounds, the judges scored the fight 3-1 Usman, 2-2, and 3-1 Covington. It was all going to come down to the fifth round and Usman won it emphatically stopping Covington before the round was over.

Nearly two years later, the two met again at UFC 268. The thing everyone, including myself, had been noting leading up to the fight is the improvements we’ve seen from Kamaru Usman. He continues to get better and better while Covington’s inactivity left a lot of question marks about what to expect.

In the early parts of the fight, Usman was dominating while Covington was hesitant. In the second round, Usman nearly finished Covington again after dropping him twice. However, Covington turned the tide in the third round at UFC 268.

After he survived the second, Covington started getting more and more aggressive. With being aggressive, he was able to make the fight very close and even wobbled Usman on the feet. However, despite making the fight very close, he couldn’t do enough to get the decision at UFC 268.

What’s next after UFC 268?

Say what you want about Colby Covington, but he’s clearly the second best welterweight on the planet. Kamaru Usman has ran through all of his competition and Covington has fought him very close for nearly ten rounds. In the ten rounds they’ve fought, I give Usman six to Covington’s four.

That’s how close these two are. However, Usman is just a bit better and that is why he’s the UFC welterweight champion. With that, it’s time for Covington to reset and take on different challenges that can get him back to the top. He was asked about what’s next and there’s only one name on his mind.

At the UFC 268 post-fight press conference, Covington made it clear that he wants Jorge Masvidal (35-15) next. Masvidal is currently scheduled to face Leon Edwards at UFC 269 next month. Regardless of the result next month, I think the fight with Covington makes all the sense in the world.

Masvidal will not get a title shot if he beats Edwards next month. He’s lost twice to Usman including getting knocked out cold. if Masvidal loses to Edwards next month, he’s still got star power and that alone still makes the Covington fight interesting.

Win or lose, I think the UFC books Covington against Masvidal next. An under the radar pick could be former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-4). However, there’s whispers that the UFC might have other plans for Durinho at the moment.

Kamaru Usman edges Colby Covington At UFC 268

In the main event of UFC 268, we saw a rematch that was almost two years in the making. The welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (19-1) was defending his welterweight crown against the top contender in the world Colby Covington (16-2).

These two men first met back at UFC 245. That night, the two men couldn’t have been more even. The judges were completely divided after four rounds with one having them tied, one judge having Covington winning, and one judge scoring the fight for Usman.

Usman took the judges out of the equation by stopping Covington in the fifth to retain his UFC title. Now, nearly two years later, we will see them run it back. Since their last fight, Usman has fought three times. He defeated Jorge Masvidal twice and he stopped Gilbert Burns.

We’ve only seen Colby Covington fight once in the UFC since the first fight. Last August, he fought Tyron Woodley and got a fifth round TKO after Woodley suffered an injury. Granted, Covington completely dominated all aspects of that fight.

UFC 268 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 268 main event kicked off with immediate pressure from Covington. Covington holds the center and opens with a body kick. Usman lands a power jab to start his striking. Covington looks tentative and Usman lands another big jab.

Pressure her from Usman and Covington goes for a head kick. Wild miss from Covington and everything looks tight for Usman here in the opening frame. Covington shoots for a takedown and Usman rolls with it to get the top position.

Usman breaks and they’re back to striking. Lots of pressure here from Usman who looks incredibly confident here. Low kick from Covington. Big power shots from Usman but nothing lands clean. Lunging hooks miss the mark for Covington.

1-2 just misses for Usman and Covington lands a nice counter left. Covington blitzes and Usman catches him and takes him down. However, Covington bounces right back up and they’re striking. More pressure here from Usman.

Another blitz for Covington and nothing lands. Huge left hook lands for Usman. Another nice jab lands for the champion. Covington missing wildly here late in the first. Usman takes the first round here at UFC 268.

Round 2

Usman goes right back on the pressure to start the second round at UFC 268 and Covington is looking weary. Big hook lands for Usman. Nice body kick lands for Covington but nothing behind it.

Usman is teeing off on Covington every time they get close. Covington is looking incredibly tentative and not looking to engage much here in the second. Another wild miss from Covington but he uses it to get a clinch.

However, Usman just shakes him off. Another jab lands for Usman. Huge body shot lands for Usman. Covington is trying to land leg kicks but Usman is beating him on the counters. Usman lands a nice left hook off a Covington head kick attempt.

Covington gets deep on a takedown attempt and pushes Usman against the fence. Usman is landing some nice elbows and he’s keeping the fight standing. Usman breaks and they’re back to striking. Big body kick lands for Usman.

Usman turning up the pressure here. Big combination lands for Usman and Covington tries to answer back but nothing home. This fight is all Kamaru Usman thus far at UFC 268. Huge shots and Covington gets dropped. Usman nearly finishes the fight but Covington is saved by the bell.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC 268 and it’s starting to look like Covington is going to need a miracle here. Usman right back on the pressure and Covington opens with a kick. Covington tries a blitz but doesn’t land. Usman is methodical here in the third round.

Body kick from Covington. Nice straight left hand from Covington gets Usman’s attention. Big jab from Usman lands as a counter. Another power jab from the champion. Both men trade jabs and Usman blasts power behind it. However, Covington is defending well.

Body kick from Covington is blocked and Usman lands a really nice counter. Takedown attempt from Covington and Usman defends perfectly. Shots from the sprawl land for Usman. Usman lets Covington up and they’re back to striking.

Big 1-2 lands for Usman. Body kick lands for Usman. Covington bites down on the mouthpiece and throws a big combination. He does land a couple of good shots, but Usman lands a nice left hand. Covington then gets deep on a takedown attempt and briefly gets Usman down. Much better round for Covington but I’m not sure he did enough to take the round.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 268 and finally Covington was able to build a little momentum in the third but he will need to keep it up. Covington opens with a combination that misses badly. Usman opens his striking with a nice combination.

Covington lands a couple of really nice shots and now he’s starting to pick up a little momentum. Usman holds the center but eats a left straight from Covington. Usman lands a power jab. Big combination lands for Covington.

Usman counters but Covington is doing much better here. Big hooks to the body lands for Usman and Covington lands a nice counter left. Usman now lands his own big combination and these two are getting after it in the fourth.

Nice left hand lands for Covington. Lead left hook lands for the champion but now it’s Covington pushing forward. Big body kick from Covington and Usman might be hurt. Covington pushing forward and landing big shots.

Usman counters but Covington is stinging Usman with these shots. Now it’s Covington pushing forward. Big takedown attempt from Covington but Usman defends well. The round comes to a close and this round definitely goes to Covington. I have it 3-1 Usman at UFC 268.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 268 and it’s either 3-1 Usman or this fight is all tied up but the momentum is with Covington. Both men are very calculated to start the final frame. Nice left hand lands for the challenger.

Big body shot lands for Usman. Huge left straight for Covington and he follows it with a big uppercut. However, Usman backs him up with a big shot. Then Covington rocks Usman again with a big shot. Takedown attempt from Covington but Usman sprawls.

Usman lands a nice jab. Another good jab from Usman lands. Big straight left for Colby Covington lands and these two are getting after it in the final frame. Lead right lands for Covington. Usman pushes forward with a combination.

Body kick from Covington. Two minutes to go here at UFC 268. Usman slips and Covington tries to take advantage. Covington pushes Usman up against the cage and he’s landing some shots. Nice shots in the clinch from Covington.

They break and Covington lands a nice elbow. Another good left from Covington lands and Usman jabs. Head kick from Covington. Big right straight from Usman and the action gets stopped for a second after Covington gets poked in the eye.

40 seconds left and were back at it. Body kick from Covington lands and another one. Power head kick from Usman and Covington lands a big shot just at the end of the fight. Covington might’ve won that final round, but this fight goes to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268.

Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington by Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

UFC 268 Preview: Kamaru Usman – Colby Covington 2

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 268, we will see a rematch that is almost two years in the making. The welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (19-1) will be defending his welterweight crown against the top contender in the world Colby Covington (16-2).

These two men first met back at UFC 245. That night, the two men couldn’t have been more even. The judges were completely divided after four rounds with one having them tied, one judge having Covington winning, and one judge scoring the fight for Usman.

Usman took the judges out of the equation by stopping Covington in the fifth to retain his UFC title. Now, nearly two years later, we will see them run it back. Since their last fight, Usman has fought three times. He defeated Jorge Masvidal twice and he stopped Gilbert Burns.

We’ve only seen Colby Covington fight once in the UFC since the first fight. Last August, he fought Tyron Woodley and got a fifth round TKO after Woodley suffered an injury. Granted, Covington completely dominated all aspects of that fight.

UFC 268 Prediction

When these two first fought, I thought they were insanely close in terms of their skills. The only real advantage I gave the UFC welterweight champion was his power. Turns out, that power was the deciding factor in their first fight.

We’ve seen Kamaru Usman continue to get better and better over the last couple of years. While Covington might’ve improved as well, we haven’t seen much of him. Usman is the massive betting favorite heading into UFC 268 and there’s a good reason for it.

One thing to watch out for at UFC 268 is the wrestling of Colby Covington. If there’s going to be any change from the first fight, I’m expecting Covington to try and mix things up more. If he just tries to stand and trade with Usman, he’s likely going to get finished again.

Will he be able to take Usman down is going to be the big question. Ultimately, I think were in for another good fight where we see these guys stand the majority of the time. With me thinking that, I think the result is going to be the same in the end with Usman’s hand raised.

Prediction: Kamaru Usman by TKO – Round 3

Conor McGregor guarantees 2022 return; Eyeing immediate UFC title shot

Conor McGregor, UFC

Last month at UFC 264, Conor McGregor (22-6) suffered arguably the toughest loss of his career. Not tough in terms of suffering a loss, but tough in terms of the injury that caused the fight to stop and his career to hit pause.

McGregor was taking on Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) in the installment of their rivalry. Both men had finished the other by knockout in the first two fights. The third fight perfectly encapsulated the first two fights within one round.

Early on in the first round, McGregor was doing incredibly well. He was blasting Poirier with leg kicks and at one point seemed to hurt Poirier with strikes. However, Poirier quickly turned the tables and started pushing forward.

McGregor went for a guillotine choke which proved to be a grave mistake. Poirier ended up on top and dominated most of the round from that top position. Late in the round, Poirier let McGregor up and the two started striking.

The former UFC two-division champion threw his patented straight left hand and missed. When he stepped back, his leg snapped. The fight was declared over in between rounds and McGregor suffered another loss at UFC 264.

McGregor’s UFC return

The former UFC champion had surgery to fix his broken leg and he’s been rehabbing ever since. He’s been documenting his progress and McGregor is fully focused on returning to the octagon in 2022. 

Make no mistake about it, McGregor is planning on returning to the top of the UFC. In fact, he plans on going right into a title shot. McGregor had a Q&A session on his personal Twitter today where he took fan questions.

In one response, he said that he plans on walking right back into a UFC title shot. Personally, I can see it happening if Poirier is the lightweight champion. With the way the last fight ended, there still appears to be some unfinished business there.

However, McGregor talked about the fact that he’s interested in the UFC’s welterweight title. McGregor said that he would spark Kamaru Usman (19-1) which prompted a quick response from the UFC’s welterweight champion.

It’ll be interesting to see where McGregor goes upon his return. I would recommend that he returns to lightweight, but with The Notorious one, you truly never know what he and the UFC are cooking up.