Daniel Cormier believes Conor McGregor could bend all the rules and rankings to qualify for the world title this summer.
The Irishman has called up UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira several times over the past two months, especially since he beat McGregor rival Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.
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McGregor has only been victorious once in the Octagon since becoming the first-ever two-time UFC champion in 2016 and it was a 40-second knockout against Donald Cerrone two years ago.
However, McGregor’s star power and box office appeal are out of this world to his peers and Cormier believes that means different rules apply.
“Honestly, I really believe there are different rules when it comes to Conor,” the former heavyweight champion said on Tuesday in a conversation with The Schmo.
“And people may not like him, people may hate him, but if he’s healthy and he starts chirping, Oliveira responds to him, and if there’s fan interest I can see a world where it happens [this summer].
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“It would piss off so many people, but at the end of the day it comes down to dollars and cents. “
UFC boss Dana White has previously admitted he would consider fighting for the title for McGregor and Oliveira and the champion, unsurprisingly, is also interested in taking on McGregor.
Given that this is a guaranteed career salary, The Notorious is by far the most attractive option on the table for Oliveira.
The UFC operates with a ranking system. Justin Gaethje is the number one contender after beating Michael Chandler, then Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev, third and fourth respectively, will face each other at the end of February where the winner will also expect a title shot.
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McGregor is ninth in the standings. However, he’s been in eight of the UFC’s 10 best-selling pay-per-views of all time, and the money he’s made to the company over any other fighter is second to none.
Many fighters will be unhappy that McGregor skips the line, but a McGregor title shot will shoot well on the pay-per-view, the bottom line.
McGregor has just returned to full training after recovering from the broken leg he suffered against Poirier last July. He might be ready to challenge Oliveira by the summer of this year.
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