Dana Anticipates Conor Fighting in 2019

Despite being willing to see Conor McGregor go after his second retirement via Twitter, and all the troubling turmoil surrounding him, UFC President Dana White says he’s confident McGregor will return to the Octagon later this year.

McGregor posted a late-night tweet announcing his retirement at the end of last month, similar to how he retired for a sole day in 2016. McGregor later teased a return to competition following a Twitter war with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov that got personal and ugly.

McGregor has also been in several legal matters this year already — being under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Ireland, facing charges from allegedly slamming and breaking a fan’s phone in Miami, and allegedly assaulting a man in a Dublin, Ireland, bar.

UFC President Dana White responded to McGregor’s retirement post by praising him and fighting was unnecessary for McGregor at this stage in his life and with all his business ventures, such as the Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey. But despite that and all McGregor’s troubles, the UFC president has already set up a meeting with McGregor to discuss a return.

“I’m meeting with Conor in Miami in two weeks,” White said at a media scrum yesterday.

The potential for a rematch with current lightweight champion Nurmagomedov will always be there, but White assures the winner of tonight’s UFC 236 interim lightweight title bout between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier is next in line. White and McGregor, the former simultaneous lightweight and featherweight king, will discuss what other fight makes most sense next.

“[Holloway and Poirier] are the interim champions, they’re fighting to fight Khabib,” White said. “This is a great opportunity for Holloway to, obviously the Poirier fight. and then Conor is out there too for him, two guys that he lost to that he could get those marks off of his record.”

Original Story: MMAJunkie

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