Conor McGregor will fight Michael Chandler in UFC return but should take Nate Diaz trilogy, says ex-champ Daniel Cormier

DANIEL CORMIER believes Conor McGregor will fight Michael Chandler in his UFC return – but should take the Nate Diaz trilogy.

McGregor last fought in July when he suffered a horror leg break during his third bout with Dustin Poirier.


The Irishman has been recovering ever since and is training for his return to the octagon.

Former two-weight champion Cormier named Diaz as the perfect next opponent for McGregor, but thinks Chandler will get the fight.

He told ESPN: “Well, I’ve got two names. I know who he should fight, and I know who he probably will fight.

“Who he should fight is Nate Diaz. They should complete this trilogy. It’s a massive fight.

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"Both guys are not necessarily in the title picture right now. It’s a fun fight. We’ve seen it twice and both of them have delivered.

"I think it’s evenly matched, so I think he should fight Nate Diaz.

"Who I believe he will fight is Michael Chandler because Michael Chandler has taken the UFC by storm."

Diaz, 37, beat McGregor, 33, in March 2016 but lost the rematch five months later.

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A trilogy decider has alluded the pair ever since and the American has just one fight left on his UFC contract.

Meanwhile Chandler, 36, has had four fights in the UFC since debuting in 2021.

He most recently knocked out Tony Ferguson, 38, in May with a brutal head kick and called McGregor, 33, out afterwards.

Cormier, 43, added: “I think this fight works.

"I think Chandler is going to engage him on the terms under which McGregor wants to fight and Chandler is willing to go and fight him at 170.

“So I think he should fight Nate Diaz, (but) I think that he will fight Michael Chandler.”

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