DANIEL CORMIER admitted Conor McGregor plays by 'different rules' – and could receive an immediate title shot against Charles Oliveira.
That is despite McGregor losing three of his last four in the UFC, most recently twice against Dustin Poirier.
The first was a rematch of their 2014 featherweight fight, which Poirier lost, and saw the American win by knockout.
McGregor then suffered disaster in the subsequent trilogy bout, breaking his tibia and losing by doctor stoppage.
The Irishman has since been recovering and upon returning to training, he called out lightweight champion Oliveira.
And the Brazilian is also on board, meaning superstar McGregor could just walk right into a title fight on his comeback.
Retired Cormier, 42, told The Schmo: “Honestly I really do believe that there are different rules in regards to Connor.
"People may not like it. People may hate it. If he is healthy and he starts chirping and Oliveira’s chirping back at him and there’s fan interest – I can see it happen.
"It would make so many people upset. But ultimately man a lot of times it comes down to the dollars and cents.”
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McGregor last won UFC gold in 2016, making history as the first to reign over two divisions at the same time.
He knocked out Eddie Alvarez, 38, as the featherweight king to add the lightweight strap to his collection.
But McGregor, 33, was stripped of both without defending either, since failing to recapture it.
It was inherited by his rival Khabib Nurmagmedov, 33, who famously defended it against McGregor in 2018.
But in 2020 Khabib retired following the death of his father and Oliveira, 32, beat Michael Chandler, 35, for the vacant belt.
He then defended it for the first time in December, beating Poirier, 32, by submission in round three.
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