Who is Conor McGregor’s next opponent? The MMA world may get some answers soon.
Speaking Tuesday with Ireland’s entertainment.ie to promote his upcoming documentary Conor McGregor: Notorious, McGregor spoke about his options for his next fight and revealed that a title unification bout against UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson appears to be the frontrunner for his next move.
“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, 29, has yet to compete in MMA since the historic Nov. 2016 victory over Eddie Alvarez that catapulted McGregor into rarified air as the only simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. McGregor’s lone contest in 2017 thus far has been his blockbuster Aug. 26 boxing superfight against Floyd Mayweather, which also served as McGregor’s boxing debut. “The Notorious” lost to Mayweather via 10th round TKO.
While McGregor did not mention Ferguson by name, he revealed that “contract negotiations” for the title unification bout have already begun.
A winner of 10 straight contests, Ferguson captured the interim title this month at UFC 216 with a third-round submission over Kevin Lee.
Still, McGregor also cautioned that he has plenty of other options at his disposal should negotiations go awry, including contests in both boxing or MMA.
“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.”