The two-weight champion's return to the octagon will be a huge event and McGregor has attempted to shoot down reports he may never fight in MMA again. Yesterday, the self-proclaimed Champ Champ™ revealed that he wanted to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 when Max Holloway was forced to pull out.
But the Dublin native suggests he is ready to return: "Taking out the final featherweight, without all of the rest of the stuff that comes with this game". In the event that McGregor does fight again, the belief is that he'll challenge the victor of Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson for the belt. On top of the fighting.
"I said in the last press conference, that fight will be for the title". Because I am here.
Edgar is on a two-fight win streak since dropping an interim 145-pound title fight to Aldo at UFC 200. On Wednesday (Thursday AEDT), White confirmed that McGregor will be stripped of his belt.
Speaking with TMZ, White was first asked about a McGregor vs. Mayweather rematch.
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Conor McGregor speaks and all hell breaks loose. McGregor hasn't stepped foot into the octagon since winning the lightweight title courtesy a TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016.
Just like Frankie Edgar's coach, Abdel-Aziz is now calling Conor McGregor's bluff and challenging him to fight Edgar next if "The Answer" gets passed Brian Ortega. Period", he wrote. "I am the best at this. The UFC has flirted with the idea of stripping him of a second title but has thus far refused to commit.
According to White, there is still talk going on between McGregor/Mayweather but believes a fight could only go down in the octagon.
"Conor understands [that he has to be stripped]", White said.