Even though it hasn’t been officially announced, the writing is on the wall; Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will be meeting once again at UFC 200. From a pure spectacle and monetary stand point the rematch makes all the sense in the world for the UFC. But from a sporting stand point this fight makes zero sense.

Forget the fact that Diaz decisively beat McGregor – on short notice – at UFC 196, as the reigning UFC featherweight champion McGregor has a duty to the division to defend that title. Instead of playing around in non-title fights in other weight classes McGregor should be imposing his will on the featherweight division and building his legacy.

The only fights that truly make sense for McGregor after his loss to Diaz are a rematch against former longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo or top featherweight contender Frankie Edgar.

Prior to being defeated by McGregor, Aldo was the only featherweight champion in UFC history; a champion who successfully defended his title seven times. Even though McGregor defeated Aldo in just 13 seconds Aldo’s resume speaks for itself and he is more than deserving of a rematch.

Then you have Edgar a former UFC lightweight champion on a five-fight featherweight win streak. With wins over Charles Oliveira, B.J. Penn, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes, Edgar has done more than enough to earn his shot at McGregor.

I have no problem with a champion wanting to test the waters of a higher weight class. In fact, I applauded McGregor for his willingness to move up to 170 to compete against Diaz when Rafael dos Anjos had to pull out of their lightweight title bout. But that loss should have opened his eyes to the fact that he needs to dominate his own division before he ventures out again.

McGregor has the ability to be a game changing fighting for the UFC and the sport of MMA as a whole. But should McGregor fail again that shine he has will begin to fade and those paydays he’s become accustomed too will begin to shrink. The best thing for him and the featherweight division at this point is a title defense; nothing less and nothing more.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.