After Conor McGregor’s blockbuster fight with Floyd Mayweather ended via 10th round TKO in Mayweather’s favor back in August, McGregor has been enjoying the fruits of his labor. Raking in a disclosed $100 million paycheck for the contest, Conor took some time off vacationing in Ibiza, snorkeling out at sea off his yacht, and even accompanied famous fashion icon Donatella Versace to the British Fashion Awards.
McGregor has appeared absent from training as of late, but since the recent dawn of the new year, McGregor has posted a few pictures to his Instagram page posing with fellow SBG teammate Richie Smullen and head coach of SBG Dublin 24, retired ex UFC fighter, Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan. McGregor’s posts indicate they were rounds spent rolling jiu-jitsu, something McGregor had to abandon in his Marquess of Queensberry ruled boxing match with Floyd.
With many MMA pundits and fans alike calling for McGregor to “Defend or Vacate” his UFC Lightweight Championship or fight against now interim champion Tony Ferguson, this is certainly a glimmer of hope to their request. However, McGregor revealed recently in a Twitter post that the UFC brass needed to do quite a lot to get him back into the cage.
Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me. Otherwise I don't give a bollox.
My whiskey is out this year and thats Diddy bread.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2018
Dana White recently stated in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that if Conor isn’t slated to defend his strap by March, then the UFC would book Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the real 155-pound title.
“As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib versus Tony and then the winner fights Conor for the title. Or, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib versus Tony for the title, not the interim title.”
Only time will tell how this plays out, but one thing is for sure, many people would like to see Conor McGregor back inside the Octagon in 2018.