With Conor McGregor having made in the region of $100 million in 2017 and currently spending his time hellraising outside of the Octagon, Dana White recently voiced concerns that the superstar may never fight again, but ‘The Notorious’ has now confirmed that he does plan on returning to action next year.
“My focus is getting back into the right ring or Octagon,” McGregor told his sponsor BetLife this week. “2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game, or whatever the next business endeavor might be.”
McGregor had previously indicated that he was leaning towards defending his lightweight title for the first time next, which would likely mean a showdown with interim champion Tony Ferguson, but it seems that nothing is set in stone at this stage and a lot could hinge on how much money is on the table.
“I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”