Will Conor McGregor really compete three times in 2020?
It’s no secret that Conor McGregor has seen his popularity take a bit of a hit in 2019. With a ton of allegations being hurled his way and no activity as far as actual competition goes, Conor McGregor has seemed to fallen out of favor in the public eye.
That said, McGregor is still the biggest star in mixed martial arts bar none. Whether he’s doing battle inside the cage or in the courtroom, the brash Irish MMA star still moves the needle as far as crossover success is concerned.
But it appears that even Conor McGregor understands that his stardom can’t simply last with verbal barbs over social media alone. If he wishes to reclaim his seat atop the mountain as the most popular figure in MMA, he’ll have to return to doing what he does best: fighting.
According to reports from MMA Fighting, Conor McGregor is not only looking to return to action in January against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, he’s looking to fight three times in 2020.
While a return bout with Donald Cerrone is certainly a great idea as far as challenges go in the UFC lightweight division, “Cowboy” will be no simple task for McGregor to face. He may have dynamite in his left hand but depending on the night Cerrone could be a nightmare for the former two-division champion to deal with.
We have to also consider what will happen if McGregor loses his return bout. Will he retire or will he continue to pursue rematch with fated rival Nate Diaz?
Conor McGregor declaring his intentions to compete three times in a calendar year could prove to be a tall task. Realistically it all depends on whether his battle with Cerrone ends up being a war. If that’s the case, don’t be surprised if we only see McGregor make good on two matches out of the three he’s declared for this year.
That said, it will be interesting to see how Conor McGregor acquits himself in his return bout and should give the masses a sign of how much he’s improved or declined since his time away from competition.
For now we’ll simply have to wait and see what happens come January.
Do you think Conor McGregor will make good on his three fight declaration for 2020?
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