Conor McGregor is preparing for his long-awaited comeback to the Octagon at UFC 229 on Saturday night, and though he has his sights firmly set on lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the former two-division champion has also claimed he’d be willing to fight either of the co-main event pairing of Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis on short-notice if required.
“I know Pettis and Ferguson is in the co-main. Originally, about a month or two ago when that fight got announced for the co-main, I was like, ‘Man, if Khabib bottles this fight, like he has bottled many fights before…if he bottles this one I don’t think…you know…f*ck those other two’” McGregor told The Mac Life. “No disrespect to those other two…I don’t think I give a f*ck about those other two to step in and [fight]. I think I probably would have just disappeared back into the shadows and got that man [Nurmagomedov] somewhere else outside of here.
“Now that I’m here, I’m back and I’m close, if he didn’t show up. I think I would take a fight against either of those.”
McGregor went on to discuss other fighters who he might end up in the Octagon with next if he does defeat Nurmagomedov this weekend.
“I’m already mapping out what’s happening next in my head. I know Dustin and Nate [are] competing. I know the 170-pound belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron [Woodley], the current welterweight champion, is itching for that one — like they all f*cking are. I know Georges is test cutting to 155. I know everyone is around looking for it. I’m here, let’s see what happens next.”