Conor McGregor has not stepped into the Octagon in well over a year now, with his most recent fight taking place in a boxing ring this August against Floyd Mayweather Jr. The Irishman was adamant he would return to the UFC to defend his lightweight championship after a one-off foray in the squared circle, but talks of his MMA comeback have dwindled a bit in recent weeks.
Will McGregor ever be back inside the eight-sided cage, or will he venture back into the boxing world for potentially more promising paydays?
“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing,” McGregor told The Mac Life Thursday. “At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me.We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game, or whatever the next business endeavour might be.
“I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavours accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”
The lightweight champion has recently stated he wants a promoter’s stake built into a new contract with the UFC, potentially serving as an obstacle between the two parties.
McGregor may have been afforded some more time to decide on what his future holds, with interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson — seen as the most worthy of sharing the cage with “The Notorious” in his return — recently undergoing elbow surgery. Ferguson’s timetable for a return is unknown, reducing what odds McGregor had of being stripped of his title.