Is There An Update On Conor McGregor’s UFC Status?
UFC President Dana White may have spilled the beans on Conor McGregor’s plan to ditch retirement.
McGregor has claimed to be retired from the MMA game. While the “Notorious” one appeared eager to return to the Octagon after his 40-second TKO victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in January, he decided to hang up his gloves. McGregor cited the lack of enticing opposition as the reason.
While many weren’t buying the retirement announcement, White kept insisting that McGregor was done with competition. With that said, the UFC boss also said he expected McGregor to make his way back to the Octagon eventually.
Appearing on SportsCenter, White revealed that he’s once again in talks with McGregor.
“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year.”@danawhite told @elleduncanESPN on @SportsCenter that he expects @TheNotoriousMMA back in the Octagon in 2021. pic.twitter.com/p8N3Pax8pw
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 17, 2020
“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year. He should be back next year. I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking right now about some stuff.”
McGregor is the first-ever UFC “champ-champ.” He captured the UFC Lightweight Championship from Eddie Alvarez back in November 2016. At the time, McGregor was already the UFC Featherweight Champion.
The following year, McGregor went on to face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. Mayweather won the bout via 10th-round TKO. When McGregor returned to MMA competition in October 2018, he was submitted by UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor has recently had allegations of attempted sexual assault hurled his way. Fans even grew concerned about McGregor’s mental health after he posted and deleted a couple of tweets. McGregor addressed the allegations and mental health concerns. The “Notorious” one denies any wrongdoing in Corsica and has assured fans that he is mentally sound.