Conor McGregor wants to fight on January 18th. There’s a fight card in Las Vegas and he wants to be on it. Right now, Donald Cerrone is the frontrunner to fight him. The Irishman hasn’t fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagamedov over a year ago. However, he has yet to sign a contract. So don’t get too excited just yet.
Another obstacle in the way are McGregor’s constant legal issues. The Irishman is allegedly under investigation for two alleged sexual assaults in Ireland. That is clearly a dark shadow hanging over his return. The UFC will definitely want to get that cleared up before he steps into an octagon.
Dana White has explained that there is a long way to go before they confirm his return. Meanwhile, McGregor’s manager has issued a denial about these rumours.
The UFC President shut down rumours. He said that they haven’t even spoken to Donald Cerrone about the fight. However, White lies on a regular basis so there’s a good chance that’s nonsense. Meanwhile, he’s not happy with the sexual assault rumours. But what else could he say?
“There’s literally nothing done,” White said of the potential McGregor vs. Cerrone booking. “All the talk of ‘Cowboy’—Cowboy Cerrone hasn’t even been called. Cowboy Cerrone sent me a text today saying, ‘I hope all this chatter is true.’ So, there’s literally nothing going on with Conor McGregor right now.”
“It’s obviously not fun. I mean, that’s not good stuff. That’s not stuff that we’re excited to hear. And, he just plead guilty to this other thing too. So, yeah, there’s nothing going on right now. And when there is, I’ll let you guys know.”
McGregor’s manager Audie Attar made a statement on behalf of his client. Speaking on The Aerial Helwani Show, Attar denied any wrongdoing. He also criticised reports in Ireland about the case. However, there is a media embargo on the story. So that’s total nonsense.
“He vehemently denies any allegation of sexual misconduct or any wrongdoing,” Attar said. “We vehemently deny it, and he does as well. At the end of the day we know who he is, he knows who he is, and we know what the truth is.”
Attar insists that McGregor is too open to hide his problems. If he does something, he owns up to it. We’re not entirely sure that’s how it works, but maybe he’s right. He also emphasised that McGregor’s fame will generate a lot of similar stories and situations. In short, people want to get a payday off of him.
“The thing about Conor is when he makes a mistake, he owns up to it, and he’s a global icon,” Attar said. “But he’s also a polarizing figure, so he’s the subject of a lot of rumours that take place, and our position is always been that we just don’t comment on rumours.
”But even most recently, in terms of certain allegations, we vehemently deny it, and he does as well. At the end of the day, we know who he is. He knows who he is, we know what the truth is, so what we have to do is focus on the positives. And while there’s been all this different stuff in the media and the rumour mills if you will, he’s had a great year from a business standpoint.”