McGregor Discusses Who Is Next
While on a press tour Tuesday to promote his upcoming documentary Conor McGregor: Notorious, UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor spoke on who he thinks he’ll face next. McGregor believes that a title unification bout against UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson appears to be the frontrunner for his next move.
“I’ve got everyone clawing at me, trying to get at me, and that’s from multiple sports, multiple organizations, multiple everything… It’s been like that for a long, long time, I feel, so it’s just another day for me. I know there are many contenders in the UFC. There are many boxing contenders as well. What interests me is certainly a UFC bout, certainly a defense of my lightweight title. There is a fighter with the interim lightweight belt. I feel that will be next. We’ll see how negotiations go.”
McGregor’s last fight was in November of last year when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 200, and became the only simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. McGregor’s only contest in 2017 thus far was August’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, where McGregor lost to Mayweather via 10th round TKO.
While McGregor did not mention Ferguson by name, he revealed that “contract negotiations” for the title unification bout have already begun.
McGregor also made it clear that there are other options on the table both in Boxing and MMA.
“The Diaz trilogy is also there… I can defend my belt against Nate. Maybe we can persuade one of these boxing opponents to step into the Octagon, or there’s also boxing bouts as well. So, there’s so many options. I feel to legitimize the belt — there’s an interim champion, I’m the unified champion — I feel that will be next. We are currently in contract negotiations, and we’ll see where it goes.”