Manager: No question McGregor will fight in the UFC again
This summer UFC president Dana White conceded it’s possible McGregor would never return to the Octagon after boxing Floyd Mayweather and making around $100 million.
“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now,” said White. “You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again. That’s part of the deal. This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.”
McGregor recently mused about eight potential next opponents in MMA and boxing. And then rumors surfaced that he might appear in the WWE. His manager Audie Attar was recently asked at the Premier Sports Network Conference about a pro wrestling stint, and his reply was interesting.
“There are all these different things that pop up in the media – some true, some not true,” said Attar as transcribed by Michael Kelleher for Sky Sports News. “As it relates to mixed martial arts, I think Conor has been clear that he wants to come back and fight for the UFC. So there is no question that is going to happen.
“Who that is going to be and what is next is still to be determined. We are just starting to talk and explore all the options. But Conor is a draw. He does record-breaking gates and pay-per-views. At the end of the day, it does not matter what he does – whether it is WWE or the UFC – he is going to have a record-breaking event.”
Tony Ferguson recently defeated Kevin Lee for the interim belt, and immediately called out McGregor.
“Where you at, McNuggets?” he screamed. “I’ll kick your a**. Defend or vacate!”
Attar manages both McGregor and Ferguson. He says it would be difficult to watch, but he will put the bout together if it makes the most financial sense for his fighters.
“Tony came out victorious. I represent Tony so I was really happy for Tony to accomplish that,” he said. “You have the trilogy fight with Nate Diaz. You even have boxers like Manny Pacquiao knocking on the door.
“I’ve said this before in many interviews – Conor has earned the right [to choose] and the numbers don’t lie. He is weighing his options. He is looking at all the different options and opportunities that are there for him but there is no question that he wants to come back and compete.”
The big question then is when? November 12 will mark a year, and it will be longer than that, at the least.