There’s been much doubt surrounding Conor McGregor’s future in MMA after the Floyd Mayweather boxing spectacle and, yesterday, during a media scrum in Los Angeles, UFC head promoter Dana White told reporters that ‘The Notorious’ might ‘never fight again’ after August 26.
McGregor, however, couldn’t disagree more with that sentiment. The brash Irishman told the media at a backstage press conference (linked above) that he can’t wait to return to mixed martial arts for a real fight.
“Look, I love a true fight,” McGregor said when asked about his future (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Weekly). “Elbows, knees, shin bone, you ever bounce a shin bone off a nose bone? You ever dug an elbow into the temple? It’s an unusual feeling. It’s an unusual feeling when the elbow bone digs into the temple. It’s a nasty little one. It’s something I enjoy. It’s something I love to do.
“So I look forward to going back to MMA and have a true fight after this.”
The UFC lightweight champion has not neglected his MMA training, telling reporters that he’s still focused on kicking and grappling.
“I’m not forgetting my mixed martial arts training. I always focus on my kicking game, I always focus on my grappling, I always focus on my wrestling. On occasion, I do a little bit of boxing.”
Despite his willingness to return to the Octagon, McGregor would be open to a rematch with ‘Money’ should he pull off the massive upset next month.
“Maybe rematches and all will be in there. We’ll see,” he said.
McGregor and Mayweather are currently on tour to promote what’s being billed the biggest fight in combat sports history. The multi-city world tour kicked off yesterday in Los Angeles and both men will touch down in Toronto, Canada today for another media frenzy.
Toronto’s press conference will take place later today, July 12th, at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.