UFC President Dana White completely dismissed the rumor of Conor Mcgregor’s next fight not being in the UFC.
With speculation mounting regarding Mcgregor’s fighting future and whether or not he will ever return to the Octagon, Conor McGregor recently announced that he was fully focused on making his comeback in 2018.
After making tons of money than his entire UFC career combined in one boxing match, everyone knew it was going to be difficult to get him back to the UFC Octagon. The latest opponent for McGregor that has popped up is none other than Manny Pacquiao, who claimed he was in negotiations to box the Notorious in April.
White once again quashed speculation that McGregor would opt to switch to boxing, this time taking to social media to respond to fans, stating: “He’s not Boxing anyone so calm down crybabies”.
He’s not Boxing anyone so calm down cry babies.
— danawhite (@danawhite) December 15, 2017
Even Conor McGregor speaking to Betsafe via The MacLife.
“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. 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 endeavor might be. I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”
According to the UFC brass, McGregor is not boxing in his next fight and will be fighting back home in the UFC. Does that mean that a deal for Tony Ferguson or another fighter has been done, or can we just take this with a grain of salt?
McGregor has been showing up in headlines for the wrong reasons for the past couple of months. He jumped into the cage during a Bellator event to celebrate with a teammate, but then shoved the referee when he tried to usher him out of the cage. McGregor won the lightweight title with a TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.