Former UFC Champ Champ Conor McGregor Will Fight Three More Times Before Retirement… According to Well-Placed Source…
Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC under MMA rules since 2016. He saw off the challenge of Nate Diaz, to avenge his one and only defeat in the promotion. The former lightweight and featherweight champion is expected to make his return in 2018 against Khabib Nurmagamedov. That’s looking even more likely now.
He’s without a doubt one of the most polarizing figures in the sport today. He’s one of the richest athletes in the world but remains divisive because he never defended his titles. It doesn’t help that ‘The Notorious’ hasn’t exactly been a shining role model over the past year or two, being involved in controversy after controversy.
But when he does return, it will without a doubt be a massive event. Conor vs Khabib – if marketed correctly – could be the biggest fight ever in MMA. Gareth Davies has revealed that McGregor’s coaching staff expect him to fight three more times before retirement.
One of the most obvious signs that something is about to go down is the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin invited both McGregor and Nurmagamedov to the World Cup Final two weeks ago. Davies told Off the Ball Sport that he thinks this is an early sign that there will be a major event. He said:
“The fact that Vladimir Putin invited them both to be in the final at that stadium is a potential precursor to an event happening there. Wouldn’t it be amazing if they both fought each other there, in an open-air stadium, next year?”
It’s believed that the UFC is open to this idea. While they would prefer for any potential fight between the two men to take place in Las Vegas, they’re certainly not against it, as long as the pay-per-view figure isn’t affected.
Davies’s second source is even more conclusive. He explained how he spoke to McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh who revealed the Irishman’s intentions. Davies explained:
“John Kavanagh was at Bellator’s opening event with Will Fleury. John was saying to me that it might look like Conor is big into his bling, showing his cars, getting his cars deported and his court case in New York.
John said to me that Conor’s in SBG every single day that he’s in Dublin. He is training very hard and he hasn’t given up the ghost. He has got to come back. The way he spends money – that money is going to run out at some point. And the way that Tony McGregor is putting fuel in that speedboat all over Ireland – they are going to need more money.”
It’s believed that the UFC is pushing for an October 2018 return in Las Vegas. McGregor has a court date next week in New York. Expect everything to happen very quickly after that. As for the three fights… two are easy to predict. Khabib will be first. The Nate Diaz trilogy fight will surely be second.
But who will be the third? Georges St. Pierre?