The boundaries between professional sports and entertainment have been rapidly dissolving. The latest testament to this evolving landscape is a potential face-off between former two-division UFC champion, Conor McGregor and crossover boxing star, KSI.
McGregor was recently asked about fighting KSI at the “Battle of the Baddest” event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Notorious had humourous things to say about fighting KSI, who recently lost a close fight to Tommy Fury, the younger half-brother of WBC and lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
Conor McGregor on fighting KSI
McGregor was recently in Riyadh to witness the heavyweight boxing match between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou. The Irishman was interviewed by TNT Sports in the aftermath of the bout when another person interrupted the conversation with the question of when McGregor would fight KSI.
Mystic Mac was pleasantly surprised and said, “Tomorrow if he’s here tonight. Yeah, we’re fighting him on the same card.” From his demeanor, it seemed like McGregor was not looking forward to fighting the YouTuber-turned-boxer. Back in August, he audaciously challenged KSI to a bare-knuckle fight. The proposal caught the attention of both MMA and YouTube enthusiasts.
The boxing community was left divided after the highly-anticipated bout between KSI and Tommy Fury. Although KSI suffered defeat through a majority decision, McGregor took to social media, hinting at a possible fight with KSI. Considering their immense popularity, the bout promises unparalleled global viewership. The boxing world has witnessed an influx of YouTube personalities like Jake Paul, Logan Paul, and KSI successfully transitioned into professional boxing.
When is the last time Conor McGregor fight someone?
Conor McGregor has not fought since UFC 264 when he broke his leg in the final moments of round 1 of his bout with bitter rival, Dustin Poirier. The UFC 264 headliner was a highly anticipated trilogy fight between Poirier and McGregor. They were 1-1 going into the trilogy as McGregor won their first meeting with Poirier whereas Poirier returned the favor at UFC 257.
UFC 264 was the UFC’s PPV in July of 2021. After the injury, McGregor removed himself from the USADA testing pool to recover from the injury. He recently announced his entry into the testing pool which would mean that his return bout would most likely be in April of 2024.
McGregor is determined to fight Michael Chandler, his rival coach at TUF 31 at UFC 300. The Irishman also created speculations of fighting Alexander Volkanovski, Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Islam Makhachev via his now-deleted tweets on X (formerly Twitter).
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