Conor McGregor winning UFC lightweight title would ‘devalue’ belt as he’s already lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov, claims Dan Hardy

Conor McGregor is one win away from having another shot at the UFC Lightweight title.

Of course, Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will battle it out for the vacant title this Saturday at UFC 262.

Conor McGregor needs to grab a big win
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The title is up for grabs after the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov, 29-0, walked away from the sport.

In his wake, the Russian defeated big names like McGregor, his foe on July 10 Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje and many more.

Former UFC fighter Dan Hardy just agreed to leave UFC earlier this week and is now a free man. The Brit did commentary duties for the company as well and in his analysis of this lightweight title fight, Hardy believes there’s a very specific reason the bigger names are not fighting for the title.

“That’s why we’ve got Oliveira against Chandler – neither one of those guys have lost to Khabib [Nurmagomedov],” Hardy told Submission Radio.

Michael Chandler made the MMA community sit up and take notice in his UFC debut
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“So the fans don’t have that picture in their mind of the new lightweight champion getting strangled and dominated by the former retired great.

“If you put that belt over McGregor’s shoulder or Poirier’s waist or Gatheje’s waist at this point, everyone sees the same thing; they just see Khabib dominating them and that belt’s not worth as much.”

It’s partly that, but it’s also the fact that Poirier and McGregor wanted to run it back and have a third and final fight. Given that their second meeting at UFC 257 was the joint-second highest bought pay-per-view in UFC history, the company was never going to turn that down.

Had Poirier wanted to fight for the title, he could have fought for the title after defeating the Irishman, no question.

Conor McGregor could not deal with Dustin Poirier’s kicks when they met in January
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Chandler hopes McGregor avenges his loss in January, though, and if he wins the title on Saturday, big business could be on the horizon.

“I want to see Conor come back, man,” Chandler told TMZ.

“There’s nothing better than when a guy as big as Conor McGregor falls short, loses and then is able to pull himself back up and win. That’s a huge story, it’s a huge storyline.

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“Obviously the athlete in me wants to fight the winner of it. The businessman wants to fight Conor, of course.”

McGregor has suggested he would like to fight again after Poirier in July and he has openly said he’d want to go after a title after he wins.

Though Hardy has a point, it’s hard to say a title on McGregor’s waist would hold no value when the Irishman is still far and away the biggest draw in the sport.