Left to right: Conor McGregor, UFC Commentator Dan Hardy. Photos: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports, Stefan Romare/ MMAnytt

Dan Hardy: McGregor vs Khabib: “The only fight that doesn’t make sense”

UFC commentator Dan Hardy sees many options for a returning Conor McGregor - Khabib Nurmagomedov isn't one of them

While Conor McGregor clearly wants a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, that’s not a fight to book – according to UFC commentator Dan Hardy.

There’s no way around it: Conor McGregor remains the biggest star in MMA, despite a list of controversies as of late. Whether they love or hate him, fans and fighters are constantly talking about the former UFC champ, hoping to see him return to MMA. This begs the question: Who should McGregor return against? The Irishman himself has requested a rematch with arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow. While it’s certainly a money-making fight, it’s also the least logical – If you ask UFC commentator Dan Hardy.

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In a recent interview, Hardy spoke out about a potential rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, and made his feelings clear.

“There are other fights that make sense for Conor. I think the only fight that doesn’t make sense for him is Khabib,” Hardy said during an interview on Sirius XM. “That is the only one that doesn’t make sense. He needs to have another fight before he gets a shot at Khabib. Or, he just completely invalidates all of the other people in that division that is putting good win streaks together. Tony Ferguson’s got to get the next fight, after that, Justin Gaethje is in line. I think Dustin Poirier would be a good person for him to fight. Justin Gaethje’s not only a risky fight for Conor McGregor but Justin Gaethje doesn’t need to fight Conor McGregor to get a title shot. I think he has done his work.

“Whereas with Poirier, that is shot back to a title shot. There is also a story there. I also think you could coerce Conor McGregor into that fight because he already got a win over Poirier,” he continued. “He is going to feel confident in signing that contract again. Conor wants the quickest route back to the title because he wants the least effort for the biggest amount of money. If he has to fight someone else which is the easier fight, which in his mind is likely Poirier.”

Today McGregor arrived in a Dublin court to face sentencing for the infamous pub incident, in which McGregor assaulted a bar patron. Risking a maximum yet unlikely sentence of six months in prison, the outcome of today’s trial will undoubtedly affect McGregor’s comeback.

Who do you think McGregor should face in his return to the UFC? 

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