McGregor final fought a yr in the past and it’s unclear when the Irishman may return.
The former light-weight and featherweight champion seems to have his coronary heart set on preventing Khabib Nurmagomedov once more, however Poirier, Donald Cerrone and Gaethje are the frontrunners to welcome McGregor again into the octagon.
‘If Conor is coming back to fight there are a couple of fights that make sense,’ Hardy instructed Metro.co.uk.
‘The Poirier fight is the one that makes sense to me, that’s the highest of my record. Conor has a win over Poirier at featherweight.
‘I also don’t really feel Poirier was one of the best model of himself at featherweight. I really feel he’s a greater fighter at light-weight.
‘Conor getting one other win over Poirier at light-weight is spectacular and would line him up as No.1 contender, if not a title shot.
‘Cowboy is one other good win floating round as a result of you may validate any fighter with a win over Cowboy.
‘Conor’s been out for some time so Cowboy is likely to be reintroduction to the division.’
Another title talked about for McGregor is featherweight veteran Frankie Edgar, however Hardy dismissed the prospect of that conflict, saying: ‘There’s so little to be gained from beating Edgar, quite than getting a run out.’
While Poirier has been pushing onerous for a rematch with McGregor, Gaethje just lately launched a marketing campaign to persuade the UFC he is the appropriate opponent.
Gaethje insists he has performed every part attainable to get the nod, however Hardy insisted McGregor ought to avoid that match-up.
‘Gaethje is a horrible fight for anyone in this division. If I’m Conor I’m going for Poirier or Cowboy,’ he mentioned.
‘I don’t thoughts the Gaethje fight. I simply assume that’s a extra dangerous fight for Conor to take. Gaethje is a distinct animal since his final couple of losses.
‘He’s choosing his photographs and not taking as a lot dangers. He’s received an awesome wrestling recreation too.
‘Conor will feel more comfortable up against Poirier’s wrestling as he could be in opposition to Gaethje’s. Gaethje is a a lot riskier fight for Conor than anyone else, together with Khabib.
‘I feel he’s received learn on Khabib now so he’ll have a greater probability of beating Khabib than Gaethje.’