UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s return is currently one of legend. The 29-year-old left the limelight after his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, a fight that looks to have broken most, if not all, applicable records back in August.
His last bout in the UFC came in November of 2016 when McGregor ran through Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. This win thrust McGregor in to elite company with B.J. Penn and Randy Couture as the only men to have held UFC titles in two different weight classes. McGregor would later be joined by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, adding another Hall of Fame name to that list.
Even though a title defense never materialized while McGregor held the featherweight strap, those in the lightweight division were hopeful for the return of McGregor in the hopes that his return would get the division moving again. His absence forced the creation of an interim lightweight belt which was fought for at UFC 216 between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. Ferguson won the belt but a unification bout doesn’t seem likely in the near future.
McGregor recently made headlines for the wrong reasons as he hopped the cage at Bellator 187 in what turned in to a confusing ordeal that resulted McGregor shoving referee Marc Goddard in what McGregor says was an attempt to halt a fight that had already been won by teammate Charlie Ward.
Penn Nation, who do you want McGregor to fight upon his return to the Octagon?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/16/2017.