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Will McGregor Ever Fight MMA Again?

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Gunnar Nelson, UFC welterweight and friend of Conor McGregor’s for a decade, appeared recently on Submission Radio for a wide-ranging interview. Notorious is next having a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, perhaps in September. And after that, Nelson says that knowing McGregor, he might never fight again.

“You never know what he’s going to do next,” said Nelson. “If he beats Mayweather, I’m not sure that he will ever fight again, to be honest. I don’t know, but I could see him just floating off and doing something else crazy. But otherwise, maybe he’ll fight Khabib or something next if Khabib is in shape. I don’t know, there’s something wrong with [Khabib’s] kidneys or something after that cut. We’ll see. I don’t know what’s he gonna do. But he’s just focusing on one thing at a time and right now it’s Floyd Mayweather and I’m looking forward to that myself.”

 “I’m basing it on that he wants to go bigger every time,” explained Nelson. “And if he beats Mayweather – like, he’s taken the two belts, and then he beats Mayweather in this huge superfight, and I’m not sure what he’s gonna see as a next challenge or a next thing that he wants to do. I just don’t really see what he wants to come into the UFC again for. I’m not sure. Obviously, there’s always something. But he’s also having a baby and yeah, I’m not sure where his mind is gonna be. He’s gonna have a ton of money anyway. We’ll see. Maybe he’ll do another boxing match or something if it goes well. Maybe he’ll get more money there and be more interested in that. I don’t know. We’ll see, I guess. I have no idea.”

Nelson has a fighting style that began with karate, as does Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. A fight between the two would be popular with the hardcore fanbase. However, Nelson says he is having a hard time getting any fight.

“I’m struggling a little bit getting an opponent,’ he said. “I don’t know, I think a lot of them are matched up and so we will have to see. I know Wonderboy is probably not looking to fight me at the moment, but he said that we will end up facing each other. And, you know, that’s the way how I see it anyway. I always said that I don’t mind who I fight, like in which order I’ll fight those guys. I’ll definitely end up fighting him and the other guys as well. So we’ll see. I’ll get an opponent.”

His next opponent may be not Wonderboy but Neil Magny.

“Yeah, I think,” said Nelson. “I don’t know, I think he’s injured but I’m not sure, but I think he’s injured. But that would have been something that would have made a lot of sense. But I don’t know when that would happen, but I think he’s injured at the moment. But yeah, definitely, he’s somebody that would make sense for a next fight, you know, for everyone.”

“I want to get to fight the top guys in the division and I’m ready and it’s just a matter of who will fight me next and we can keep climbing. That’s my view on it. I don’t know, I think I’m ranked maybe nine at the moment or something like that. I don’t really follow these ranks too much, but definitely I’m ready just to fight these top guys. I did take the fight against Jouban and that kind of shows that I’ll take a fight against somebody that’s ranked below me and give them a chance. So I think the other guys should do the same.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.