Conor McGregor has given the most clear-cut update on his plans for 2019 yet, claiming that he and his team are in the process of negotiating a return.
Speaking to NBC during the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade yesterday, McGregor tipped his cap to the city’s plumbers – having himself worked in the trade during his younger days before devoting himself to fighting.
“I’m very grateful to the people of Chicago, and the plumbers! The plumbers who actually got me here, ’cause I used to be a plumber back home in Ireland, you know it’s not an easy job.
“That’s what I did before I started fighting. So the plumbers got me here!
“The plumbers are the ones who dye the river green also! I wasn’t aware of that until I arrived here so big respect to the plumbers.” (via Balls.ie)
As for the interesting bit, Conor confirmed that he and his team are looking at a return to the UFC octagon for July.
“We’re currently in negotiations. We’re aiming for July. We’ll see what happens.
“I’m staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program – the McGregor Fast Program – stay in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.”
UFC 239 takes place on International Fight Week on July 6 in the T-Mobile Arena and knowing the place that Vegas holds in the heart of the former champion, do not be surprised if we see this one pick up some steam as we move into April.
As of right now, try as Dana might to throw you off the trail, Donald Cerrone remains the favourite to step in there with the Irishman.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena