Just last month, UFC superstar Conor McGregor made the move to lightweight to fight Eddie Alvarez in the main event of the UFC’s historic inaugural event at the Madison Square Garden. McGregor made quick work of Alvarez, securing himself a dominant second round TKO win after dropping the MMA veteran just moments into the fight. The win not only marked a successful UFC lightweight debut for McGregor, but saw him crowned as the first ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion.
Following the fight, McGregor revealed that he would be taking some time off from fighting, due to the upcoming birth of his firstborn child. UFC President Dana White followed up McGregor’s announcement by revealing several weeks later that the Irish superstar would be on the sidelines for 10 months.
While there had been no word from McGregor regarding White’s comments, lightweight #1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that an interim lightweight title fight between he & Tony Ferguson was in the works, and all but finalized. This led many to believe White’s timeline for McGregor’s return was accurate.
During an interview with RTE Sport, McGregor dropped a major bombshell as he hinted at a post-Christmas return to the Octagon:
“I know Dana has been on record being like, ’10 months, he’s taking 10 months off.’ Where did you [get] 10 months? Originally I thought the baby was being born in March and then it was May so maybe I could get in another [fight]. I’m weighing up my options,,” McGregor said. “I’m ready for anything.”
“I did say I was going to take a break, but a Christmas break,” McGregor continued. “The holidays, at least give me the holidays off. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
While McGregor is hinting at a post-Christmas return, during the UFC 205 post-fight press conference, the ‘champ champ’ stated that if the new UFC owners would like him to continue fighting, he would like equity in the company. Now, McGregor appears to be sticking to his guns:
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“Ari, Patrick, the new owners from WME-IMG, the guys that bought the UFC for $4 billion, I want to speak to them,” he said. “I want to see what their plan is. Because right now I don’t know what nobody’s plan is.”