McGregor Interested In Summer Bout, Will Scout UFC 249 Main Event
Could we end up seeing Conor McGregor fighting this summer?
In an interview with ESPN, Conor’s manager Audie Attar stated that the former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion is staying in shape, regardless of the coronavirus situation. He is reportedly keeping an eye on the UFC 249 main event. The fight on May 9 will feature Tony Ferguson v. Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship.
“Conor is very curious to see whether the health and safety of the athletes and staff are ensured,” Attar stated. “He wants to make sure everyone is taken care of properly.”
The fight is interesting considering Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Lightweight Champion, is currently in Russia. Conor has had an interest in fighting for the title and could be looking at the fighters in his way. Currently, Conor is in Ireland taking care of the people via donations and giving away medical supplies. Still, that hasn’t stopped his itch to fight. That includes competing on “Fight Island“, a Dana White creation.
White spoke to Barstool Sports’ Robbie Fox on the “My Mom’s Basement” podcast a few days ago about Conor potentially fighting this year. After White texted him, Conor had a few questions. White made sure to answer them on the podcast.
“Conor wants to fight,” White stated. “It sounds like he wants to fight in June and he’s asking if there would be fans there. There would not be fans, and the fight would either be mid-June or the end of June. But Conor wants to fight.”
Due to the coronavirus situation, fans are not allowed to attend sporting events. That includes the UFC, as they are planning several Florida-based events without fans. Attar stated McGregor would rather fight with fans by his side but understands the current situation. If safety measures are in place for fighters, McGregor wouldn’t mind showing up to compete.
“While Conor’s desire would be to fight in front of another sold-out crowd,” Attar went on to say, “he does understand what him fighting in an empty arena could do for people at home and would consider if he is comfortable with the way the UFC is holding these events from a health and safety standpoint.”
McGregor last fought in January, beating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246. It was his first win inside the octagon since 2016. He is hoping to remain active this year, with MMA and boxing fights on his mind.