Shots after the bell: All eyes on McGregor

Leading up to UFC 216, you get the feeling the UFC was walking a bit of a tightrope. They obviously wanted to hype up their interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, and the best way to do that would be tease the eventual unification of said title with Conor McGregor’s lightweight belt. But they didn’t want to box themselves in and look foolish committing a ton of airtime to the claim that the winner would face McGregor, because Conor does what Conor wants to do, when he wants to do it.

McGregor has paid some lip service to defending his belt, but it’s not clear what he thinks of Ferguson’s performance. As of this writing, the last tweet he made was a Bud Light sponsorship pump earlier on Saturday. If I had to take a guess, he probably saw how hittable Ferguson was looking before Lee got tired and doesn’t consider “El Cucuy” much of a challenge. Whether that makes McGregor more or less likely to step into the cage to defend against him is unclear.

But to those that say McGregor vs. Diaz 3 is undoubtedly next, don’t forget: the UFC would have to reach an agreement with Nate Diaz on that first. Conor McGregor had to scream at

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