Picture this: the two biggest draws in the UFC, both fighting for titles at UFC 200.

That very well could happen if Conor McGregor emerges victorious against featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194. Of course, that will be no easy feat — Aldo is one of the pound-for-pound greats, and hasn’t lost in nearly a decade — but it would be (to borrow a wrestling cliche) “best for business” at this point.

Here’s why: Ronda Rousey is looking at months of healing and training for a potential rematch with Holly Holm. UFC 200 is definitely a possibility, and as  the company’s biggest draw, she’s a lock to be there if she’s healthy.

McGregor is the promotion’s biggest male draw at this point. The modern day Chael Sonnen (except that Sonnen was modern day as well, and isn’t that far removed from his in-cage career), he promotes with the best of them — and most importantly, he has the abilities necessary to back it up in the cage.

Which is why the UFC front office, at least behind closed doors, must be pulling for the Irishman to win at UFC 194: because it sets the stage for a McGregor title defense at its biggest show in years, possibly a rematch with Aldo, or another notable name in the division.

Of course, a lot can happen in the fight game, and Aldo remains, to most pundits, the favorite over McGregor. Should the upset happen, however, the usual talk, and hype, will follow, but at a much quicker pace than ever before. And if the stars align, MMA fans may get one of the most stacked cards in the promotion’s history.

Names like Faber, Edgar, Weidman, VanZant, and others will no doubt be thrown about as well, but make no mistake, there are two names at the top of the promotion’s UFC 200 wishlist, and those are Rousey and McGregor. Rousey, if healthy, gets an instant rematch pretty much whenever she, and the company, want. For McGregor, the road starts Saturday.

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.