I don't get the fergusson thing, he did dispose of RDA in an impressive fashion, and he sure is a legitimate contender as of today.
He doesn't really strike me as "intelligent", and while he is talented and most likely very hard working, I don't think he's on the same level as McG (generally speaking, there are disparities when you look at their respective ground and striking games, and while Conor's ground game is arguably suspect at this point, we've seen him do good things against "mid of the pack" grapplers, and successfuly avoid bad situations against better grapplers, but we've also seen what Nate did with him on the ground)
Khabib may have a good shot, depending on how good his chin is, should he take the fight to the ground, it could be a short night for the irish
I'd definitely pick a wrestler or elite BJJ guy to beat Conor over a striker
We said the same about Anderson Silva, until he got knocked out by Weidman, standing up
I think if you want to beat McGregor, you need to be able to be very threatening on your TD, perfect timing and technique, very high fight IQ, lots of experience and a good chin.
GSP would, I believe, beat McGregor soundly 9/10 times, if we had "prime GSP" against "now McGregor", but then again, there's the weight difference so it doesn't really make that much sense.
but a guy like GSP
1. outstanding TD accuracy and timing (and the ability to execute TD both proactively and reactively)
2. extremely sound technical stand up
3. championship experience
4. the ability to follow a precise gameplan to the letter
Eddie Alvarez, on paper, was a bad match up for Conor, and should he have followed his gameplan, he probably would have walked off with the W.
now, and many people disregard that (or maybe don't see it), what happened there, IMO, is that the way Conor moves, what he does, I believe it kind of "charmed" Alvarez into being reactive to McGregor (take the second step of the beat if you will), allowing Mcgregor to implement his strengths. (which is what happened)
A rematch would be much more tough on McGregor
Ferguson, I just don't think he has the fight IQ to make it happen, maybe not the fight IQ, maybe it's more a maturity/ego thing
Khabib if he can get it to the ground, but that's a big if, that's not an easy left hand to get through.
I'd still give frankie a good shot, he sure can take a punch, he can wrestle, he can move, he can box, he has the experience, the maturity and on paper, the skills.
the most intriguing fight for McGregor now, for me at least, is the 3rd diaz fight. I know it doesn't fit in any of the belt defense scenarii (at least not credibly), but he's pretty much the only guy who gave conor lots of problems in the UFC. one could argue Conor lost the 3rd fight (and I wouldn't defend him in an argument on that point)