At this point, it doesn’t matter what Conor McGregor does next. He has his reputation and brand. One could make the argument that the UFC needs him more than he needs the UFC. But in recent weeks, speculation has run rampant over his MMA future. UFC president Dana White previously expressed hope that McGregor would return in summer. In the meantime, he’s gotten into a Twitter spat with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But what’s next? Well for starters, coach John Kavanagh promises a huge year.
“I think 2018 will be another big year for us. Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned. … My opinion, I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done, but mixed martial arts is my passion.”
This makes sense. After all, McGregor has a championship to defend. But his last fight was all the way back in November of 2016—a second-round TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez. Oh, and about that championship? His coach has some stern words.
“Conor’s still the champion. They can say what they want – I have his belt at home, actually. He’s still the champion.”
So, why is he taking so long to make his next move? Simple. Because he can.
“He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move. It’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away – he’s had other things on. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it, anyway.”
But Kavanagh makes one thing very clear.
“If I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”