Conor McGregor has been relaying the options available to him as he ponders his next move.
The UFC lightweight champion hasn’t been in action since facing former world champion Floyd Mayweather last August, and hasn’t competed in the Octagon since winning the aforementioned strap against Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
Speaking to reporters in New York on Wednesday night, McGregor disclosed that he was “in negotiations” for his next fight, and while he did lay out all the options available to him, he stopped short of revealing who that opponent might be.
“I’m currently in negotiations to face my next opponent. We have many options. There’s the current interim lightweight champ. There’s an undefeated Dagestani and maybe a big Russian event. There’s obviously the Diaz trilogy. Of course the Mayweather fight is there. There’s many options, so we’re just at the table at the moment.”
Rumours of Mayweather crossing sports to fight in the UFC have been ramped up recently as both fighters have re-engaged with each other on social media, and McGregor feels that, despite the fact that he turns 41 soon, Mayweather owes it to himself to compete in the octagon:
“I’d do as I please against him, but if he does do it – I know he’s flirting with it – I would have respect for him. I think he it would get his earned respect then if he was to step in.
“If it is (serious), it will follow him for the rest of his days that he did not do it. I said I would do it, and I stepped up and I done it. It’s his time now.”
McGregor went on to praise former women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey on her new deal with the WWE, as she looks to bounce back from a frustrating period in her career.