Conor McGregor is able to battle, however the questions stay about who he’ll face and the place his return will happen.
The previous two-division UFC champion wanted simply 40 seconds to complete Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone again in January, and instantly afterwards, he introduced plans to maintain busy in 2020 with at the very least three fights. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic squashed these plans with quite a few playing cards both cancelled or postponed.
To make issues harder, McGregor resides in Eire, and till journey restrictions are lifted, it might be troublesome for him to come back to the US or return residence as soon as a battle is completed.
In keeping with UFC president Dana White, McGregor is certainly itching to compete once more, however his subsequent battle could also be depending on the corporate’s skill to complete constructing “Combat Island,” which is predicted to carry battle playing cards for athletes residing outdoors the U.S. beginning someday in June.
“Conor’s been able to battle for some time,” White revealed when chatting with Jim Rome on Tuesday. “He’s in form. He’s able to go.
“To begin with, ‘Combat Island’ goes to be essential in any of those fights which can be taking place with folks from outdoors the nation. It kills me to do a battle with Conor with out followers. Kills me. This man’s doing nearly $20 million gates.”
White had beforehand conceded that it could be a while earlier than followers can be allowed to attend a UFC occasion once more with strict social distancing pointers in place in nearly each nation throughout the globe. Most sports activities leagues are making ready to maneuver ahead with out crowds in attendance for video games.
So far as potential opponents, McGregor had initially hoped to work his method again into title competition for a rematch in opposition to reigning light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
That plan is now null and void with the UFC planning for the winner of the upcoming interim light-weight title battle between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje to then transfer on to face Nurmagomedov later this yr.
If that’s the case, McGregor is the odd man out, however there are nonetheless loads of choices out there to him as soon as the UFC strikes ahead with reserving his subsequent battle.