The most prolific name in combat sports today, and the biggest draw in the history of MMA has finally broken his somewhat-silence since fighting Floyd Mayweather at the end of August, and has given some clarity on what his next move is.
First, before getting into the bigger of the announcements from "The Notorious", we will talk about who it seems will be his next opponent. While many have speculated there would be a trilogy fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, for the UFC Lightweight Belt, it seems the tides have shifted towards Tony Ferguson, the UFC's Interim Lightweight Champion.
Just a few weeks ago, following Ferguson's win over Kevin Lee, McGregor tweeted that picture, alluding to the fact that Ferguson would be his next opponent.
While even McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, seemed to be pro-Diaz trilogy, saying Saint Paddy's at MSG would be ideal - but McGregor said this week that he would like to fight before the year ends, likely at UFC 219, December 30th in Las Vegas.
This is great news for fight fans, because it had long been rumored that McGregor wanted to fight in 2017 after the Mayweather fight, but there had been no indications of whether or not that was going to actually happen.
So with all that being said, and there clearly being some clarity and light at the end of the tunnel in this McGregor madness, there is still a big hurdle that needs to be cleared. Conor McGregor has stated that he will not return to the UFC unless he earns a co-promoter deal. McGregor feels that as the biggest star the UFC has ever seen, and a guaranteed huge money draw, it is understandable why he is asking for this.
“I was promoter on the Mayweather fight, and we’re in current negotiations,” McGregor told the crowd during a Q&A prior to the debut of his biopic “Notorious” in Dublin. “I ain’t stepping in that octagon again unless I’m part owner of the whole setup – I’m a promoter.”
“I still love fighting,” he said. “I love watching that (movie). I’m twitching watching all them shots being thrown. It’s just something I love to do. I don’t know what it is. I will fight again, no doubt, and I’ll fight multiple times. But when I do do it, I must eliminate all the outside stuff, because there’s so much business stuff, so much personal stuff, so much everything involved in an empire – running it, maintaining it, building it.
So clearly with that all being said, McGregor wants to fight - and he wants to fight sooner than later, but he won't do it unless he is compensated properly, and for once, a fighter may actually have a chance to win a battle with the UFC for leverage. We have seen many fighters go up against Dana White with these types of demands, and until now, no one has been successful.
But then again, no one has ever been Conor McGregor.
Here's to hoping we get to see this savage back in the Octagon in 2017.