Conor McGregor has revealed that he could have returned to the Octagon a lot faster than anyone had anticipated if the UFC had granted his request to step in as a short notice replacement against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3rd in Las Vegas.
McGregor spoke out about his offer to fight on short notice after Dana White claimed in an interview with TMZ Sports that the superstar may never fight again due to the astronomical sums of money that he made last year for his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather.
However, according to McGregor, the UFC turned down the opportunity as there wasn’t enough time to ensure that they would be able to make the numbers work for a fight of that magnitude, leaading to them booking a fight between Edgar and Brian Ortega.
“I am fighting again. Period,” McGregor wrote on Instagram.
“I am the best at this.
I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.
I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game.
Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.
On top of the fighting.
I am here.
It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.
The Champ Champ.”