Dana White has claimed that the UFC has “something fun” in the works for Conor McGregor early next year, but as things stand it’s not certain that he’s going to be returning to the Octagon for a fight.
“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year,” White told ESPN. “He should be back next year.
“I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking right now about some stuff.”
McGregor’s manager Audie Attar has since confirmed to ESPN that talks have taken place.
“We had some very interesting talks with the UFC recently,” Attar said. “We are excited about the future and working on some fun things. Exciting things to come in the near future.”
Within the last week McGregor had also hinted at a potential UFC comeback after revealing that he was being tested by USADA, but just a day later he found himself hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons after being arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Corsica.
McGregor has since been released after questioning and has claimed the allegation, in which he was alleged to have exposed his private parts to a married woman who was on her way to a bar’s bathroom, was a “setup”.
Before the coronavirus pandemic emerged McGregor had indicated that he planned to fight multiple times in 2020, and had started the year off strongly with a 40 second TKO of Donald Cerrone.
However, a few months later McGregor announced his retirement claiming that he was bored with the fight game while claiming the UFC were offering him “stupid fights.”