Conor McGregor Says Lightweight Title Will “be There”, Doesn’t Want to Wait Out For Title Shot
By FCF Staff
Now that Conor McGregor has returned to the win column, UFC President Dana White is standing by the promotion’s plan to have him fight for the lightweight title again. But, following McGregor’s quick win at UFC 246, he repeated his desire to have an active year and not wait on the sidelines.
McGregor took on Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246, and he finished the renowned fighter in just 40 seconds with strikes. After the card, White said a rematch between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is the fight to make (provided Khabib defeats Tony Ferguson on April 18th).
But, when McGregor was asked about his next bout, the star said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I don’t think the ‘who’ matters,” McGregor said. “… The who doesn’t matter for me now. I’m looking at dates now. I know March was there. I’m going to have a look at a calendar and see where we’re at. … I’ll be ready. I’ll have a celebration tonight. I’ll chill with my kids tomorrow. I’ll show Junior the fight on the tele and see how he reacts. I’ll see what he thinks of it. Then (I’m) back to training.”
“I think, ‘OK, the lightweight title will be there.’ That will be there,” McGregor said. “You see the difference in the physique – the preparation in that. That will come back around that (title) shot. I’m certainly not going to, if (Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson) goes ahead, sit out and wait and then wait through holidays and injuries and all these these things that go with it. I’d be excited to get that one back.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov fought at UFC 229 in 2018, and the latter won the bout via fourth round, submission.