McGregor Wants Three Fights In 2020
Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon is official for UFC 246, and the former lightweight and featherweight champion is looking to make up for his lack of activity since 2016.
”Okay, so he has laid out this plan that he wants to fight three times next year,” ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said. “He hasn’t done that in over three years as well, so it’s a pretty lofty goal but he believes that when he is active, then he’s not getting distracted, he’s not getting in trouble, he’s very focused. And people are telling me right now that they haven’t seen him this focused in a very long time. We hear this a lot in the fight game, but he’s going to sleep early, he’s waking up early. He wants to prove to everyone that thinks he’s shot that they are wrong.”
With numerous legal troubles since his fight against Floyd Mayweather, McGregor has had some significant issues that have prevented his return, but as he gets closer to his welterweight fight with Donald Cerrone, McGregor is looking at being one of the most active fighters in the Octagon in 2020.
“He wants to fight January 18th – in fact, he wanted to fight in December but the UFC didn’t give him that opportunity,” Helwani said. “So he wanted to fight at the beginning of the year, then he wants to return towards spring/summer, maybe fight Jorge Masvidal or Nathan Diaz – perhaps that’s why this fight is happening at 170, to prove that he can hang with the welterweights. Then he wants to fight at the end of the year against Khabib Nurmagomedov, if he is still the champion, in Moscow. He really wants to right that wrong… The last fight he got submitted, he wants to right that wrong so he’s hoping that he can win those two fights, get the title fight, and then shut everyone up.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting