His manager has already said that a showdown with Tony Ferguson is ”inevitable," and now Conor McGregor himself is hinting that a lightweight championship unification bout is on the horizon.
In an interview with entertainment.ie to promote his documentary “Notorious,” McGregor says that a UFC return is the most desirable next option for him. He also hints that negotiations have begun for a fight with Tony Ferguson, although he does not mention “El Cucuy” by name. Ferguson captured the interim lightweight crown with a victory over Kevin Lee at UFC 216.
“I’ve got everyone clawing at me, trying to get at me, and that’s from multiple sports, multiple organizations, multiple everything,” McGregor said. “It’s been like that for a long, long time, I feel, so it’s just another day for me. I know there are many contenders in the UFC. 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 also references a third clash with rival Nate Diaz, with whom he split a pair of bouts in 2016. Both of those fights occurred at 170 pounds, while a trilogy would most likely occur at 155 pounds. Still, McGregor seems most interested in unifying the lightweight belt.
“The Diaz trilogy is also there,” McGregor said. “I can defend my belt against Nate. Maybe we can persuade one of these boxing opponents to step into the Octagon, or there’s also boxing bouts as well. So, there’s so many options. I feel to legitimize the belt — there’s an interim champion, I’m the unified champion — I feel that will be next. We are currently in contract negotiations, and we’ll see where it goes.”