It looks like Conor McGregor won’t be making his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2019 after all. But the good news is he isn’t retiring.
Indeed, “Notorious” was rumored to be making his return to the UFC later this year, as everyone from Conor himself, his teammates and UFC president Dana White hinting as such.
But according to White, it now seems as if Conor won’t be back in the cage until early 2020. And he isn’t ruling out a rematch between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagoemdov after ruling it out initially.
“It would be a massive fight and it’s absolutely possible, yes,” White said during a recent interview with Rich Eisen. “I think McGregor is gonna come back at the beginning of next year. So, realistically, all these guys are looking at September to see what happens with Khabib and Poirier. After that fight plays out, I think there’s gonna be a lot of movement going on.”
Conor injured his hand earlier this year, so that could also be a reason why he’s opting to be at full health before mounting a return. And it’s not because he’s busy filming movies like other fighters do.
If anything, says White, Conor is always focused on his craft.
“To Conor’s credit and defense, you don’t see Conor running around filming movies,” White said. “If you look at his – he’s in great shape, he’s staying in shape, he’s training, and he’s seeing how this thing plays out.”
As for why Dana changed course on a potential rematch between Conor and Khabib, he says it’s all about the Benjamins.
“Any time there’s too much money involved, Rich, bet on it happening.”
A rematch between Conor and Khabib is high on everyone’s wish list and it would definitely make a ton of money, as their first fight at UFC 229 last October was the highest-grossing pay-per-view (PPV) event of all time for the promotion.
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