Over two months removed from Conor McGregor’s historic boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, there is a strong consensus that it’s about time we found out when the UFC lightweight champion will return to do what he does best.
McGregor has been out of training since his loss to the undefeated Mayweather on August 26 in Las Vegas but has stated publicly numerous times throughout the past few weeks that he intends for his next move to be a return to the UFC Octagon.
It is now clear that his likely opponent for that return bout will be the interim 155lb champ Tony Ferguson in a title unification showdown. Conor revealed this past week that he is currently in contract negotiations with the UFC over a McGregor-Ferguson clash.
So, the next thing we want to know is, when will he be back?
Well, if UFC president Dana White’s latest revelations are anything to go by, we will be seeing Conor back in action a lot sooner than most would have thought.
UFC 219 set for December 30 in Vegas is a card still without a main event and looks primed to be the subject of a big fight announcement. While initially generally presumed to be too soon for the Dubliner to make his much anticipated return to MMA action, it appears as though that end-of-year card could well be when we next see ‘The Notorious’ throwing down.
There are no doubt many obstacles to still overcome in the negotiation process, but at least we now have an indication of a time frame.
Check out Dana discussing Conor’s return as well as the recent controversy the 29-year-old found himself in following the use of a homophobic slur in the clip below.