McGregor: ‘I Will Be In The Octagon Again Soon’
When Conor McGregor fights, the fans come in droves and the money flows. Dana White and the UFC would love nothing more than for McGregor to return to the times of him becoming a two-division champion and the ultimate gate-drawing fighter.
It appears that we won’t be waiting long for the “Notorious” one to make his return to the octagon. Speaking to Bleacher Report, McGregor (22-4) stated he is excited to be coming back to the octagon soon. His plan to start 2020 was to compete in MMA fights and for a title. He then wanted to transition back to boxing, again for a title. His competitive drive is the reason for this.
The money is not why I do this,” McGregor stated. “I am a very rich man, and my children and those that come after them will be just fine. I love the fight game. I learned many things boxing in Crumlin where I grew up, and my deep love is why I do this today. I will be in the Octagon again soon and fully expect to box again. You will need to stay tuned, but trust me—the fans will enjoy. Giving them what they want and entertaining them is important to me.”
McGregor returned to his winning ways this past January at UFC 246 against Donald Cerrone. There have been rumors of him facing off against Justin Gaethje next, or the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Tony Ferguson.
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There are also talks of him facing Mann Pacquiao, or, if Top Rank’s Bob Arum has his way, Terence Crawford. With so many options to choose from, how can McGregor manage it all? What he doesn’t want is a warmup fight, something many though he would do prior to the Cerrone fight.
“What the fans, and frankly the fighters, don’t want is a dull fight or a dull lead up to a fight,” McGregor went on to say. “I enjoy every aspect, and the fans deserve to see and hear the real me. I am very passionate and eager to please the fans and win for them and my family. I am willing to fight anyone and have proved that time and time again. I look for a good scrap, and if it isn’t going to be that, I have no interest.
Prior to the Cerrone fight, McGregor lost a bout against Khabib at UFC 229. The build to it was highly-controversial due to Conor’s demeanor, the dolly incident a few months before it and his overall state of mind. Conor ended up getting destroyed by Khabib and attacked afterward by his team. McGregor reflected on that moment, and how he appears to be a changed fighter.
“I will admit that the fight before UFC 246, I did not train properly and was not in perfect condition,” he said. “Call it what you want. I am hungry today. Hungry like a man who has not eaten for weeks. … When I set my mind to something, there is nothing I can not accomplish. It is that power of belief that makes up the winners.”
Before and after the Khabib fight, Conor was known as a controversial figure. He stormed cages of other events and attacked officials, stomped on another man’s phone in Miami, punched an old man in the face in Ireland and even has two sexual assault cases against him that are still ongoing. While he has managed to lift his image up a bit, he is still working as hard as he can.
If he is serious about a comeback, his image is a big factor. This is something he hopes can be a positive for the future.
“It is not easy being in the public eye, but I love being around people as it gives me great energy,” said McGregor. “I plan on being around for a long time inside the Octagon, boxing ring, and well beyond my fighting career.”