It may be time to cancel your New Year celebration plans.
Such is the fervour around Conor McGregor that the Irishman is constantly the subject of interest regarding who he will fight next, even in his down-time. Given that he went from fighting Eddie Alvarez in the Octagon to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring, that interest is understandable.
Another flash-point for speculation has been the main event of UFC 219 on December 30. The card, which as written about yesterday is absolutely stacked, has a gaping hole atop the order just begging to be filled by a marquee name that leaves only one possibility.
Now with the monumental UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden out of the way, both McGregor and UFC 219 seem set on a collision course.
Recent comments from both ‘The Notorious’ and UFC president Dana White to the effect of confirming that the lightweight champion wants to return by the end of the year set tongues wagging.
Now per the ever well-placed Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, we are about to be put out of our misery.
“Dana White says he’ll hash out the UFC 219 main event for Las Vegas by the end of the week and said Conor McGregor’s return “will be in Vegas” and “could be” on that Dec. 30 date,” he wrote on Twitter.
Dana White says he’ll hash out the UFC 219 main event for Las Vegas by the end of the week and said @TheNotoriousMMA return “will be in Vegas” and “could be” on that Dec. 30 date.
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) November 8, 2017
White was speaking at a Q&A event at Wild Card Gym, and although no deal has been confirmed as of yet, it has been incumbent on him for a while now to announce the headliner for the year-end extravaganza, as we discussed here.
Another take-away from the statement is that McGregor’s return ‘will’ be in Las Vegas, which would rule out an appearance at the Irish proxy that is Boston, which hosts UFC 220 on January 20. That leaves UFC 223 in Las Vegas on March 3 as the alternative date for McGregor’s return to MMA action.
The distinct likelihood is that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will be the next foe for the Dubliner, though Nate Diaz remains a remote possibility.