Conor McGregor confirms he’ll return to the world of the UFC. After a five year career of MMA fighting, with an 11-2 record, McGregor made the transition to the UFC. He was victorious in his first fight, which put him on a pursuit for title shots. He won his first seven UFC matches overall, earning the nickname “The Notorious” during this stretch. He won the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship in 2015 by defeating Chad Mendes, and then defended the belt by defeating Jose Aldo. It wasn’t until 2016 where he was handed his first UFC loss by Nate Diaz, but he quickly rebounded to defeat him in a rematch, and then beat Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Championship – making him the first fighter to simultaneously hold two different UFC belts.
McGregor went on a hiatus after this feat to prepare for the birth of his child, and also challenge Floyd “Money” Mayweather to a boxing match. He was stripped of both belts as a result of inactivity, but immediately had the shot to win the Lightweight belt back in his return fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. The match didn’t go his way, nor did the insane post-fight antics by Khabib and his team, but McGregor isn’t backing down.
McGregor took to Instagram shortly after the fight concluded, revealing that his status with the UFC has not changed. He assured his fans that he’ll return to the octagon, it’s just when that remains to be seen. To make the announcement, he channeled his inner Arnold Schwarzenegger by saying, “I’ll be back.”
McGregor’s return should’ve been expected, as he could very well get another title shot through a rematch in the near future. The investigations surrounding Khabib and his team could ultimately strip him of his Lightweight belt, so even if McGregor gets a chance to win that belt back, there’s no guarantee that it would be a straight up rematch, as it could end up being against a different challenger.
McGregor is known to let his brash personality get the best of him, but he was largely restrained during all the commotion post-fight. McGregor handled the loss in a professional manner, which is why the UFC isn’t investigating his involvement in these events any further. He may have been responsible for some pre-fight mayhem that could’ve cost him his UFC career, but he appears to possibly have learned from it and handled himself much better here. Considering how he’s responded to the outcome and chaos that ensued after, the UFC may look to get the star back in the octagon for another fight sooner rather than later. McGregor is clearly ready to return, now its just up to the UFC to figure out how and when.