Anthony Pettis’ Manager: Conor McGregor Should Be Next After Nate Diaz
For the last few years, Conor McGregor has been the man to call out if you want a big money fight. Which let’s be honest, is something almost every fighter wants. And you could argue it’s what every fighter deserves.
But it’s not just fighters calling out McGregor. Anthony Pettis’ manager Abraham Kawa, has called out the former UFC two division champion to fight his man next. Obviously Pettis has to get past Nate Diaz at UFC 241, before he, or Kawa can think about a ‘red panty night’ with McGregor. Kawa has confidence in his man though and as he told MMA Junkie, he believes Pettis beats Nate to earn a fight against McGregor.
“Even Conor fighting Khabib, I don’t think that’s the fight. I actually don’t want to see that fight right now. Maybe after a while, yes. But right now I think Conor vs. Anthony is the fight. I’m looking at it as [if] Anthony beats Nate, and I think Conor is next on the horizon.”
UFC president Dana White, has stated several times recently that he believes McGregor returns in 2019. And with the top of the lightweight division tied up with Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier set for UFC 242 on September 7th and Tony Ferguson expected to face the winner, the Conor vs Nate trilogy is a real possibility.
Kawa believes though that a win over ‘one of the OG’s of the sport’ in Nate, following Pettis’ spectacular knockout of Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville in March, in his welterweight debut, puts the former UFC lightweight champion on the right track to a fight with McGregor.
“We needed Anthony to do what he did to Thompson. If Anthony doesn’t do that to Thompson, I don’t think anyone would go, ‘This is the fight to make with Nate and Anthony.’ So, Anthony did his part.
“He has a following, he has a name, he’s one of the OG’s of the sport, and I take nothing away from Nate. To get Nate to get up in the morning and say that’s the dude I want to fight, I think we’re going to see fireworks.
“We’ve seen Anthony vs. ‘Cowboy’ [Cerrone] and now we’ll see Anthony vs. Nate. They genuinely don’t like each other. They genuinely don’t see eye to eye, and they’re two guys that are going to come forward and throw. The better man is going to win, and I think if Anthony does what he’s supposed to do, he will win.
“I think next in line should be Conor. I don’t think there should be anyone else.”
Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz meet at welterweight contest in the co-main event of UFC 241, which goes down on August 17th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. It will be the first time Nate has stepped inside the UFC Octagon since his rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202, almost three years ago.
Would you like to see Anthony Pettis vs Conor McGregor, if he can get past Nate Diaz?