The last few years have been strong ones for Conor McGregor in many ways. This Irish fighter, who is known to many as “Mystic Mac”, enjoyed a number of high-profile successes in recent years, including his famous fight against Floyd Mayweather back in 2017. For those who bet on McGregor through Betrivers sportsbook, 2020 holds lots of opportunities for more wagers to be placed on a man who has been described by some as the “biggest draw” that mixed martial arts have ever known.
But what precisely is on the cards for McGregor across 2020? He has in fact already got off to a fighting start and has been praised for his takedown of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a recent match in Las Vegas. He has plenty of opportunities ahead of him, but also some challenges along the way. This article will delve into some of the main outcomes to expect from McGregor over the course of 2020.
So far this year
McGregor has already been involved in fights in 2020, reflecting his status as a sparring partner who is in demand the world over. In a recent fight against 36-year-old Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in Las Vegas, McGregor was able to take out his opponent in only 40 seconds. It led many pundits to describe McGregor as a “sensation”, and his seeming ability to overcome almost any opponent means that he has been largely let off the hook when it comes to questioning his ability to pull off certain moves.
Coming up next
It’s not yet certain who McGregor will be up against next, with several possibilities on the cards. One option could be Nate Diaz, and if the two were to meet it would be their third time. According to some pundits, this is a possibility given that many of the other options already have fairly packed schedules. Other options, if their schedules permit, include Jorge Masvidal, while it’s also possible he will face off again with Khabib Nurmagomedov – who he has fought before.
McGregor’s stardom and power
There’s a general perception among pundits that Conor McGregor is able to call the shots on both his own career and the way that the wider boxing scene plays out in the years to come. “McGregor will certainly have a large say in what’s next given his status as the biggest draw this sport has ever known”, says one CBS Sports correspondent. It’s easy to see why this perception exists, although there may be an element of hyperbole in the claim that he is the “biggest draw” ever.
However, there may be some limits about to come on McGregor’s stardom – and his reputation as one of the world’s predominant fighters could be about to change. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has recently switched its model when it comes to pay-per-view watching. It is believed to have collaborated with the sports channel ESPN+ on an exclusive basis, and given that that channel is understood to work on an advance payment or minimum guarantee model, McGregor may not be able to sell his reputation in the way he once did.
McGregor, who is known for having an eccentric character, has also managed to go beyond the realm of boxing in the last few months in his public pronouncements – and has given the world a piece of his mind on all sorts of issues. One of these has been the role of President Donald Trump in the White House, and he was recently quoted as saying that Trump was a “Phenomenal President” who “sits atop the shoulders of many amazing giants that came before him”. Whether or not he will receive an invitation to the White House if and when he next heads to the US for a fight, however, remains to be seen.
Conor McGregor is one of the biggest names in the fight world at the moment, and given the achievements he secured over the course of 2019, this isn’t much of a surprise. With 2020 now looming ahead of him, he has a status as something of a king in the MMA field. He is likely to be able to determine his own path in some ways, even with challenges like the pay-per-view model changes on the way. When it comes to pure fighting, however, he’ll more than likely spend the year doing what he did before – carving his own path.
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