MMA News: Conor McGregor UFC return nears; Defends lightweight title after Mayweather superfight

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The superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is finally official and will take place on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White also revealed the nearing return of “The Notorious” in the Octagon where he’s set to defend his lightweight title.

“I talked to him this morning, he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, and he wants to defend his title this year too,” White said on Wednesday. “So he’ll fight twice this year.”

Conor McGregor UFC return: Who will be his next opponent?

Conor McGregor last fought in the Octagon in November at UFC 205 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez and became the new lightweight champ. After the fight, McGregor decided to take a rest to wait for the birth of his son. In his return, instead of defending the title, he chose to prioritize his superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The UFC created an interim lightweight title while waiting for the return of McGregor. However, Khabib Nurmagomedow, who’s set to face Tony Ferguson for the interim title, pulled out from the bout after he felt ill prior to the weigh in. As of now, there is no official confirmation whether the UFC will reschedule the bout or wait for McGregor to defend the title.

If McGregor is ready to fight again in the Octagon, there is a higher possibility that his opponent will be Tony Ferguson. “El Cucuy” is currently on a nine-fight winning streak and has been calling out McGregor since he became the lightweight champion. Another possible opponent for McGregor is Nate Diaz. They can settle their rivalry with the UFC lightweight title on the line.

Dana White talks about McGregor’s potential retirement

No matter what the outcome of his superfight against Mayweather, Conor McGregor is assured of a huge payday. Some people believe McGregor won’t fight anymore once he receives that kind of money. Even UFC president Dana White doesn’t have an idea what’s currently circulating inside McGregor’s mind. However, McGregor told him that he’ll continue fighting.

“According to him, he’s going to fight,” White said, per MMAjunkie. “You don’t know when you cash the check and you make that kind of money. I’ve seen it happen. Forget at fighting – I’ve seen it happen with guys in business. They get that big payday, and they’re done. They don’t want to work anymore. So, who knows? That will remain to be seen.”

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