Daniel Cormier believes that Conor McGregor’s comeback deserves a blockbuster fight as the headliner for UFC 300.
Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is expected to make his return to the octagon against Michael Chandler. However, the exact date for this highly-anticipated fight is still up in the air. As for UFC 300, the event is shaping up with some exciting matchups, but it’s missing a main event that would truly make it special.
While there has been talk of a welterweight championship rematch between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad for UFC 300, Cormier doesn’t believe it’s the marquee fight that should headline this historic event, which is scheduled for April 13 in Las Vegas.
“What I will say about UFC 300,” Cormier said on “DC & RC,” “it’s missing a big fight. That big fight that it’s missing has to have a backstory. That big fight has to have bad blood. That big fight has to bring the eyeballs. So, it can’t be Belal Muhammad and Leon Edwards because it just doesn’t have enough to it. While it’s a fantastic fight, it doesn’t have enough to it for it to be the main event.”
Cormier believes that UFC 300 should be headlined by none other than Conor McGregor, the sport’s most prominent star. Adding fuel to the fire, Nate Diaz recently shared an image of himself standing toe-to-toe with McGregor inside the octagon, dropping hints that he’s eager to resolve their trilogy. Given that McGregor and Diaz have each won one of their previous encounters, Cormier sees a decisive third match between them as the kind of fight that would draw the largest audience for UFC 300.
Regardless of who he would fight, the attraction comes with him,” Cormier added. “But if McGregor fights Diaz, that is what I believe draws the general fan in as much as anything that they could do in the UFC right now – just because of Nate Diaz and the intrigue, the way the first fight played out, the way the second fight played out. It is still two of the highest-grossing pay-per-views in UFC history.”
“These two men, when you put them together, make a lot of money, and it is far enough out there to be considered an attraction,” Cormier said. “I also believe at this point in their careers, sure, Nate Diaz isn’t the guy that he was before. He’s not the guy that fought the most beautiful striking exhibit against Michael Johnson in Florida, where he went and (said), ‘Conor McGregor, you’re taking everything I worked for.’ He’s not that same guy, but neither is Conor McGregor.”
Diaz hasn’t stepped into the MMA cage since his victory over Tony Ferguson in September 2022, which also marked the conclusion of his UFC contract. Despite parting ways, UFC CEO Dana White has maintained the possibility of Diaz making a comeback in the future. During his absence from the UFC, Diaz ventured into the boxing ring in September, facing Jake Paul in a match that ended in a unanimous decision loss.
McGregor’s last fight was in July 2021, during which he suffered a leg injury and was defeated by TKO by Dustin Poirier during their trilogy match.
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