At the UFC 246 post-fight press conference, UFC Dana White said Conor McGregor's next fight would be a rematch vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, the lightweight champ defends vs. Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, in Brooklyn, New York. McGregor said that he isn't interested in waiting until the fight after that.
"I don't think the who matters," said McGregor, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. "Okay, the lightweight title will be there. That will be there. You see the difference in the physique, the preparation and that. That will come back around, that shot. I'm certainly not gonna - if [Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson] does go ahead - sit out and wait and then wait through holidays and injuries and all this type of thing that goes with it. The who doesn't matter for me now. I'm looking at dates now and I know March was there. I'm gonna have a look at the calendar and see where we're at."
"Lorenzo [Ferttita] gets back from Panama on Wednesday so we'll toast some fine Irish whiskey - I always look to do that tradition and talk with Dana. So he gets back on Tuesday so I'll stay here and I'll go for dinner and a toast with Lorenzo and Dana and I'm sure we'll chat about it then and see what's what. I'll be ready. I'll have a celebration tonight. I'll chill with my kids tomorrow. I'll show Junior the fight on the telly, see how he reacts to it, see what he thinks of it, and then back to training."
Another possibility is staying in shape and stepping in for either Nurmagomedov or Ferguson should one of them be unable to fight, which if history is a guide, could well happen.
"It's got very personal with [Nurmagomedov] and his team," said McGregor. "Look, it is what it is. I make no promises. I am who I am and it is what it is. I'll certainly be focused on the skillsets. We have a particular skillset, myself and that man. He holds onto the legs and I come for it. I'll be excited to get that one back. So we'll see what happens. We'll see what happens in the Tony fight. Tony's another interesting foe for me. We'll see what happens. If something happens, I'll be here."
Conor could also fight Jorge Masvidal or Justin Gaethje, or rematch Nate Diaz, or rematch Floyd Mayweather Jr in boxing. But it appears McGregor's #1 goal is a title shot vs. Nurmagomedov at the end of year, in Russia. White is on record as not wanting to a PPV in Russia, but McGregor is unswayed.
"How much money is enough money for f***'s sake? There's a lot of money in Russia," said McGregor. "There's a lot of revenue in Russia. ... What a place! It would be like something out of a Rocky movie, so I'd be very eager to do that. Dana the hometown Vegas boy, I know the Vegas people will be campaigning for it. Let's see what happens. I would love that. I want to create spectacles for the people. That's one hell of a spectacle."