Lightweight is on fire. Justin Gaethje is in the UFC. Eddie Alvarez is on a resurgence and carrying an unofficial ‘Most Violent’ title. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are once again booked to fight each other, which could potentially be for the undisputed lightweight title. Everything threatens to pass multi-millionaire ‘Champ Champ’ Conor McGregor by, but his coach recently waved his finger like no like Dikembe Mutombo. The plan is for McGregor to return to the UFC in 2018.
“The landscape changes so much, so quickly when different offers come in. But if you were to put a gun to my head and ask me to say what’s next, I’d say it’s the UFC and it will be this year [that Conor McGregor returns]. There’s so much happening in the division and things changing around and what have you. I can’t say who, I can’t say when but as people who follow him on social media will see, he’s back, very motivated, training a lot. He’s in the gym every day. The plan seems to be forming and getting more exact every day that [he’ll be] back in the UFC this year. When and against who, I would be just guessing.” – Coach John Kavanagh on Facebook Live.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 15, 2018
This may give reason as to why Dana White has been hesitant to straight up say Conor McGregor is going to be stripped and Ferguson’s fight with Nurmagomedov is for the ‘real’ title. With their fight booked for UFC 223 in March, it looks like McGregor will be waiting to see who wins that fight and unify his title against the person claiming to be the best lightweight in the world. However, Nate Diaz just came out of nowhere and said he’s ready to return as well, so who knows how this will all play out.
Now get your Diddy’s out and beg.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2018
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/24/2018.