Conor McGregor is close to signing a deal that would see him stepping into the Octagon twice in 2018 according to veteran MMA reporter Dave Meltzer.
After Conor McGregor was defeated in the tenth round of his crossover boxing matchup with Floyd Mayweather, UFC President Dana White insisted that the Irishman would be making his return to MMA in December of 2017.
However, McGregor instead elected to take a prolonged absence from the Octagon with reports suggesting that negotiations between the UFC and the promotion’s most ‘Notorious’ star had hitten a standstill.
In recent weeks, Dana White has suggested that, due to the Irishman’s inactivity, McGregor is now on the fringe of being stripped of his lightweight title even stating on multiple occasions that Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov would be fighting for the undisputed lightweight title at UFC 223.
However, the UFC President has rather bizarrely refused to officially confirm that McGregor has indeed been stripped of his title at this point in time and now, MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer has announced (via his subscription-only newsletter) a huge development in negotiations between the SBG man and the UFC.
According to the highly reputable MMA reporter, a new deal between McGregor and the UFC is now on the fringe of being agreed upon with the Irishman set to put pen to paper on a contract that would see him stepping into the Octagon twice in 2018.
“The word is that negotiations with Conor McGregor are going well,” wrote Meltzer. “No deal to return has been inked but they are said to be not so far apart and are in talks about him doing two fights in 2018.”
Addressing the ceaseless hype around an MMA fight between the UFC’s two-time champion and Floyd Mayweather, Meltzer also wrote what the majority of others have been thinking stating that he simply cannot imagine a scenario that would see Mayweather agreeing to a fight under MMA rules.
“All the pub right now is Mayweather under MMA rules but I can’t see Mayweather agreeing to that, even though it’s huge money,” Meltzer observed. “The [first] UFC fight idea is the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov.”