Connor McGregor is the biggest champion and asset of the UFC and professional MMA not just because of his undeniable skills, but because his championship pedigree and electrifying persona make him the most bankable superstar in the fight business, and he is back…again.
Behind his cocky and abrasive outbursts, is an inspirational rags-to-riches story that inspires grit and determination, the kind of story that appeals to the humanity and pockets of viewers and fans. The 32-year old Irishman from Crumlin is the face of a sport that is still gaining traction with the wide American and global population despite its successes so far, and his return to the octagon in 2021 will see the return of a champion, but most importantly a sure ticket to pay-per-view jackpot, because Mcgregor does not just raise sales, he breaks records with them too. The Delaware online gambling circle as one of the only legal sports betting States in the US is about to heat up again for McGregor, after the frenzy of Mayweather vs. McGregor.
In January 2021, McGregor will make his comeback to the sport and the UFC to fight Dustin Porier at UFC 257. The fight will come exactly one year after his last in January 2020, when he knocked out Donald Cerrone, to become the only fighter in UFC history to have a knockout win in three weight divisions. It will also be the second time McGregor is coming out of retirement, after 2019 and 2020. After losing to Khabib Nurmangomedov in 2018, “Notorious” announced his exit from the sport in March 2019, before returning 10 months later to face Cerrone. Not the most likeable of characters, there is no denying McGregor’s ability to draw a crowd, which takes nothing away from his domination in the octagon. The first-ever two-weight champion in the history of the UFC, McGregor also holds the record for the fastest title fight victory in the UFC after knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds at UFC 194. A 22-4 record, dented by losses to names like Khabib Nurmagomedov who retired unbeaten () from the UFC and MMA, Nate Diaz, paints a clear picture of his ability as a fighter, but Mcgregor’s biggest records are his pay-per-view sales for the fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov (2.4 million PPV buys) and a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather (4.3 million PPV buys). This is the ability that the UFC will be counting on the most after a disrupted 2019/2020 season and financial chaos caused by the coronavirus.
So far, the UFC has been holding its events in Abu Dhabi due to lighter restrictions and regulations but is aiming to return to Las Vegas for the beginning of the new season and the new year. A McGregor fight will be the perfect way to kick off the year and will give the fans a boost as to what excitement lies ahead for both the fighter and the sport. With Khabib Nurmagomedov retired, the UFC Lightweight championship long coveted by McGregor is up for grabs and if he puts his mind to it, there is probably no one that can stand in his way.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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