The Notorious doesn’t care who he fights next…
You’d think that all Conor McGregor has to do is say that he wants to fight. But it turns out that things aren’t so simple. The UFC is being remarkably resistant to booking him in the near future. To sum up, he hoped to fight before the end of 2019, but that definitely isn’t going to happen.
McGregor called out Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagamedov at various points this year. However, the UFC wants Edgar to drop down to bantamweight. Meanwhile, Khabib has no interest in handing his nemesis another shot at redemption. When you add in the Irishman’s legal worries, you can see why he’s been on the sidelines.
Now the Irishman has finally announced his return to action. In a press conference in Moscow, he said that he will return to action on January 18th in Las Vegas. Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje are the frontrunners right now to fight him. However, it must be remembered that McGregor is about as honest as Dana White. So don’t hold your breath until he’s in the cage.
‘The Notorious’ wanted to fight on December 14th. Unfortunately for him, there’s already a card booked for that date. He’s no longer the force of nature that he once was, even if his star power remains undeniable. However, he’s adamant that he will headline a card in January. When asked about Khabib Nurmagamedov, he said that he refuses to wait for him. That’s easy to do when the man won’t give him a title shot. McGregor told the Moscow crowd:
“It will happen. I am not waiting around for that man, he is a known pull-out. You can run but you cannot hide. He ran out of the press conference in Moscow last week. It is in his nature. Trust me I am coming for him. Where is he now in this country? I fly in, he flies out. Typical. I am going to go through the entire roster like a chainsaw through butter.”
McGregor insists that he will even fight for free. However, the UFC doesn’t just want to throw back into action. The Irishman says that he wanted to fight Frankie Edgar. But the promotion has refused to sanction that bout. UFC President Dana White says that it just doesn’t make sense for Edgar.
“I even offered for the Frankie Edgar bout to donate my purse to charity,” McGregor said. “Because they were saying we won’t make enough money on the Frankie fight and I was like, I don’t care, don’t worry about me, give my purse to charity. But for whatever reason, it’s being made difficult.”
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The Irishman also gave his prediction for Khabib v Tony Ferguson. In short, he thinks the Russian will beat ‘El Cucuy.’ He actually gave a very balanced prediction of why he thinks ‘The Eagle’ will win. McGregor also believes that there will be a rematch and that he will win.
“It will be an interesting one. I think Khabib would probably beat him,” McGregor told a crowd in the Ukraine. “Again, you’ve got to see what the circumstances are. Anyone can win on any given day. Tony is a formidable fighter also, you know. He’s very, very tough. He does go down, he does get dropped, his guard has been passed, he’s been mounted by a lesser fighter, so I would favour Khabib in that bout.”
“We overestimated his grappling severely, and we also underestimated his striking, so there are things that we will correct. I will go on the offensive from a grappling standpoint. I believe I was winning the clinch exchanges in Round 3 in the bout, but it was a little too late. A little too little too late in the bout and also my lack of commitment, and I wasn’t as fully committed as I should be, carrying injuries and what not, so there’s many many things we can improve and sharpen up when the rematch happens.”