Back in August, the world finally got to see a 10-round boxing match between one of the sport’s greatest champions, Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor.
UFC president Dana White was the promoter – for half of the event, at least – hypeman, marketing director, and of course, one of the biggest financial beneficiaries of “The Money Match.”
But he’s still the guy calling the shots at UFC and he says we will know sooner rather than later when McGregor will make his return to the Octagon.
White told the L.A. Times that his focus is on determining whether or not McGregor could fight at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
“That’s all this week,” White said. “We’re working on that [main event]. I have to have it done by the end of the week.”
Who The Notorious will fight will be a much-anticipated announcement.
Tony Ferguson’s name came up in the Times article because he is the No. 1-ranked challenger in UFC’s lightweight rankings and he won the interim lightweight title by beating Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October.
But McGregor is mentioning Ferguson for his return fight, too.
In an interview in his native Ireland, McGregor expressed an interest in fighting Ferguson without exactly saying the name “Ferguson.”
“I know there are many contenders in the UFC,” McGregor said. “There are many boxing contenders as well. What interests me is certainly a UFC bout, certainly a defense of my lightweight title. There is a fighter with the interim lightweight belt. I feel that will be next. We’ll see how negotiations go.”
McGregor’s return is undoubtedly big news, but White’s alluded to an even bigger headline: His own future.
Head to Page 2 to see White’s next endeavor…