Conor McGregor hints at UFC return, with Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz possible next fights
Conor McGregor appears set to end his brief hiatus from the UFC with a pay-per-view return.
The controversial Irishman announced last month, for the second time in his career, he was retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts, however, he now admits he can never fully walk away from fighting.
The 30-year-old is the UFC’s biggest ever draw and is a former two-weight simultaneous champion at featherweight and lightweight, however, he has not fought since he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in four rounds at UFC 229 in October 2018.
Following there clash, Nurmagomedov mounted the cage and brawled with members of McGregor’s team. In January, the pair were both suspended, with the Russian earning a nine-month suspension, while McGregor was banned for six months and fined $50,000 for his part in the melee at the T Mobile Arena.
Many believed McGregor’s decision to retire was merely a ploy to generate publicity and also hype further interest in his Proper 12 Whiskey, he has since used Twitter to confirm he will be back.
McGregor wrote: “I hear you but I love it dearly,” in response to a fan who questioned why he would return despite his desire to see him back.
“If I am being honest with myself I don’t think I will ever be able to fully walk away from fighting.
“We are all fighters in this world and each of us will be fighting for the rest of our time here.
“So why not do it live on PPV baby. Pop a bottle!”
While an immediate rematch with Nurmagomedov is unlikely, McGregor could face Tony Ferguson and the trilogy with Nate Diaz, which stands at one win each, would be a logical next bout.
McGregor, who fought Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, stepped into a boxing ring for the first time since that defeat, when he returned to Crumlin Boxing Club – his first amateur gym, for three good-spirited rounds against a local boxer.
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