Conor McGregor sounds as though he wants to return to his roots for his next combat sports appearance.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, the UFC champion briefly addressed the possibilities for his next move.
“I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” McGregor said. “A real fight.”
Recently, former eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao confirmed that he had approached McGregor’s team about a potential bout in April 2018.
“Initially,” Pacquiao told Sky Sports last week. “But we have not yet had any follow-up conversations. If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is OK with both of us.”
Both UFC President Dana White and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum later denied that such a matchup was in the works. When asked by TMZ about a bout with Pacquaio, McGregor instead hinted toward a return to the UFC.
“MMA next,” the Irish star said.
McGregor hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round at UFC 205 in November 2016 to claim the lightweight crown. White initially hoped to book the SBG Ireland representative in a title unification bout against interim champ Tony Ferguson before the end of the year, but that did not come to fruition. The “Notorious” one has hinted that he would require a co-promoter role or an ownership share in order to compete in the UFC again.
It seems clear, however, that McGregor won’t be dabbling in sports entertainment. When asked about a possible move to World Wrestling Entertainment, McGregor’s response was succinct.
“F—k WWE,” he said.