As time moves on from the infamous bus attack in Brooklyn last April, it becomes more likely that Conor McGregor may soon return to the Octagon.
Despite Khabib Nurmagomedov becoming the sole champion of the lightweight class, the division is still in a state of flux with injuries and various activities keeping Tony Ferguson and McGregor out of action respectively.
With Mayweather, becoming a father, and court appearances behind him, the path has almost been cleared for the Irishman’s return to action. Per his coach John Kavanagh, talks to facilitate this are ongoing.
“I really have seen the spark back lately,” Kavanagh told Brett Okamoto of ESPN. “I think that was directed at other areas of his life for a while, building up his business world – which is completely justified.”
He also mentioned the possibility of the long-lobbied for fight with belt holder Khabib.
“I supported [McGregor focusing on other business] and I’m fully behind it, but I do see the spark back. I do see him very hungry, coming down to regular jiu-jitsu class and throwing a gi on. Strength and conditioning. There’s a real fire back.”
‘The Notorious’ one is certainly giving that indication on social media.
The interview came prior to the devastating news that featherweight champion Max Holloway was pulled from the co-main event of UFC 226 this weekend, due to displaying ‘concussion-like symptoms’.
Challenger Brian Ortega is unlikely to get a replacement opponent, and it marks the fourth year in a row that something has marred the UFC’s flagship ‘International Fight Week’. It’s far from the first time that a similar blow has occurred this year either, and whether it forces Dana White and the UFC’s hand into further pursuing a McGregor return will prove interesting.