With the UFC again in enterprise internet hosting occasions and staging big-time fights, the query of Conor McGregor’s subsequent transfer isn’t far-off.
McGregor (22-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC) had deliberate to have an lively yr in 2020 and kicked off his “2020 season” with a 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January. However the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic pressured sports activities throughout the globe into shutdown, taking McGregor’s plans with it.
However now, with the UFC internet hosting exhibits once more – albeit behind closed doorways – the Irishman is eyeing a return and lately took to social media to fireplace jibes at a number of high lightweights, together with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and newly topped interim champ Justin Gaethje.
Talking to British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and former world cruiserweight boxing champion Tony Bellew on the “Speak the Speak” podcast, UFC president Dana White recommended the good transfer for the Irishman can be to sit down tight and look forward to the title to be unified, then step up and battle for the belt once more.
“I believe that the very best factor for him – I’m not saying that is what’s going to occur – however for my part he lets this Gaethje-Khabib struggle play out, then he fights the winner,” he mentioned. “I believe that’s the neatest transfer for him.”
Nonetheless, White admitted McGregor, who has additionally been linked with welterweight fights with Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal and defending 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman, could not wish to wait that lengthy. However he mentioned the prospect of one other shot on the 155-pound title appeared to take advantage of sense within the present local weather.
“You recognize him. Perhaps he desires to struggle earlier than that and if he does, we are able to determine one thing out,” he mentioned. “However I believe that’s the transfer for him proper now.”