This past week, we have heard “The Notorious One” Conor McGregor’s name mentioned in various news media articles and his name has been tied to several rumors in the world of MMA. The media hype began last month when UFC President Dana White announced that at UFC 223 Tony Ferguson would be facing Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title.
White Gets the Party Started
White stated during the press conference, “it’s not for the interim title, that fight will be for the title” meaning that Conor McGregor would be strict of the UFC lightweight title due to the fact he wanted to take time off from MMA and the fact that the UFC needed to continue with business as usual.
Dana White has stood firm in his belief that the world of MMA may never see McGregor step back inside the octagon due to the overwhelming amount of money he has made over the last 2 years. White has stated time and time again that McGregor made life-changing money for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and he does not believe that McGregor will make a return to the UFC.
Many people believed and are under the assumption that Floyd Mayweather is attempting to make a UFC debut and that is the fight that Conor McGregor would be shooting for with the hopes of another huge payday for the Irishman. Dana White also nixed that idea stating that Floyd Mayweather was not in active negotiations to compete in the UFC however he did state that “anything is possible”. For anyone that knows Dana White or has followed him in the media over the years, knows that this means Mayweather is most likely on his way to the UFC.
McGregor And his Social Media
McGregor took the social media on Thursday in response to Dana White questioning whether he would ever fight again. McGregor stated “I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need. I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in. On top of the fighting. I am here. It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here. Yours sincerely, The Champ”.
In most situations, the general public and the media would like to blame the UFC and president Dana White but the reality here is that McGregor has not fought since November 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 for the UFC lightweight championship. Since that point in time, McGregor has held the lightweight division hostage while not making any attempts to return to the octagon.
The UFC has 2 high-caliber lightweights that are going to battle it out at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York. This fight will truly determine who is the top lightweight in the UFC. For the UFC, this is the best and most competitive fight that they could put on at this point in time in the lightweight division.
But what happens with McGregor? He claims that he wants to return to the octagon but is he willing to accept the fight with someone other than Floyd Mayweather? There are really only 2 options for the UFC and McGregor.
Option A is the UFC will pit McGregor against the winner of Ferguson and Nurmagomedov. This would be a huge money maker as the winner of this fight will be considered the top lightweight the world and a fight against McGregor would be the money fight for either of these 2 guys.
Option B is the UFC puts on Conor McGregor versus Nate Diaz III. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this fight is eventually going to happen but do they do it now or do they wait until the end of the year to feature what would be probably the biggest event UFC history!
Whichever option UFC and McGregor decide to go with, there is no doubt that a ton of money will be made. Conor McGregor has formed himself into a marketing machine and whether you like him or hate him, he creates a hype unlike any other and is a proven asset UFC. There is not another single fighter out there that creates the pay-per-view buys, sponsorships and media hype like “The Notorious One” does!
For that reason and that reason alone, it is very likely that we will see “The Notorious One” Conor McGregor back in the cage before long and possibly 2 times before the end of the year of 2018.