Speculation over the future of Conor McGregor has been ever-present ever since his coding jumping boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather back in August.
Despite his tenth round defeat to the veteran American, the UFc lightweight champion pocketed a payday somewhere far north of $100 million and he has been enjoying life ever since.
It had been thought and hoped by fans that the Irishman would return for UFC 219 on December 30th to face Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title but following reported negotiations, UFC bosses announced that the final event of the year would feature Cris Cyborg Vs Holly Holm as the headline event.
With McGregor remaining tight-lipped on his return, fans began to wonder if he planned to pull on the four ounce gloves ever again.
Now, while working with BetSafe and reported by the Mirror, the Crumlin native has revealed he wants fighters to lobby to fight him.
“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing.
“At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me.
“We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game, or whatever the next business endeavour might be.
“I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavours accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.
“Me and my team are in continued negotiations with the UFC, and if the deal makes commercial sense, I look forward to fighting for my company in 2018.”
Ever since his UFC debut back in 2013, McGregor has been an enigmatic and magnetic force in the sport of MMA. He rampaged through the featherweight ranks before claiming gold in 2015. Two clashes with Nate Diaz and welterweight followed before he secured the lightweight title one year later.
His last fight in the octagon at UFC 205 was then followed by a move to the boxing ring and his money-spinning mega-fight with Mayweather.
Now, with his intentions finally known, if not altogether concrete, it seems that we will see the Notorious one return in the new year. We just don’t know to what fighting code it will be.
Watch this space.