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Conor McGregor says he’ll return to the UFC; Dana White prefers he doesn’t box again

Conor McGregor plans on returning to mixed martial arts after a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, and that’s a plan Dana White is certainly on board with.

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, Conor McGregor plans on returning to mixed martial arts.

The Irishman, who holds the UFC lightweight title, isn’t sure what is next. After likely earning over $100 million for fighting Mayweather, who extended his pro boxing record to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO of McGregor, he isn’t opposed to a second boxing match (maybe against Paulie Malignaggi?). But he does want to step foot inside the Octagon — his home — again, too.

“Of course,” McGregor said in his post-fight interview when asked if he’d return to the UFC. McGregor had said well before the Mayweather fight he would return to the UFC after it.

Dana White is on board with a McGregor return to MMA, too.

“I would rather he did not (box again),” the UFC president said at the post-fight press conference. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons. And tonight he was only allowed to use his hands. I think he did great tonight. I don’t think there’s anything else left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”

White also said he’s ready to get back to promoting MMA. He certainly will have made a large amount of money as a Mayweather vs. McGregor co-promoter, but promoting the boxing match was tiresome, he said.

Mayweather vs. McGregor took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. McGregor surprised early, taking the first few rounds, but Mayweather gained momentum as time went on and overwhelmed McGregor in round 10.