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He's back! Conor McGregor recently came out of the woodwork and announced that his next fight will be on January 18th, 2020 in Vegas to an unknown opponent. This news really came out of nowhere. Not that I or really anyone else actually believed his claim of retiring earlier this year, but the amount of time he's taken off since his last fight looked to be playing the part of quitting the game.
So here's the thing.. Conor has to win this fight. He built himself up in such a particular way for so long that he has no choice but to win at this point. When he fought the first fight against Nate Diaz and lost it took a bit of steam away from his game, thus taking steam away from what his entire career is built on. Hard to put what exactly I mean by that into words, but if you know McGregor at all, you should know what I mean.
Fast forward a bit to his loss to Khabib. This is what really did him in. Not only did McGregor lose, but he got absolutely dominated. Khabib out-classed him in every way possible.
With losing his last fight the way he did and it being over a year ago, he really can't lose this next one. Everything he's built his game upon would be hurt in such a way that I can't see him recovering, especially if it's to someone that's not as big as Khabib, Diaz, Misvidal, etc. It took him a year to come back after his last loss. Then again, if the opponent is announced as any of those big three and McGregor wins the fight.. That will skyrocket him right back to the very top. He apparently has 3 matches planned for 2020 starting with this one, so it doesn't seem to be a one-off for a money grab.