It looks like Conor McGregor will be returning to the UFC, after all.
“Surprise surprise mother f–kers, the king is back.” Those were the infamous words of Conor McGregor after he avenged his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
After taking some time away from the sport to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing ring, it looks like the ‘The Notorious’ is back again.
The current lightweight champion called out newly-crowned interim champ Tony Ferguson on Twitter with a GTA-inspired cartoon picture.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 13, 2017
And FYI pic.twitter.com/sZRyBUoGJI
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 13, 2017
Ferguson, of course, called out McGregor after his submission win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216, promising to ‘haunt’ the Irishman’s ‘dreams’. The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner is on a 10-fight win streak and stormed into the pound-for-pound rankings with his championship victory over ‘The Motown Phenom’.
Many fans speculated that McGregor, who lost to Mayweather via 10th round TKO, was going to hang up the gloves and ride off into the sunset with his mega paycheck from the Mayweather bout.
Last month, however, McGregor promised to return to the Octagon to defend his 155-pound title and legitimize the rankings. If his recent tweet is anything to go by, it looks like the 29-year-old talent is staying true to his word.
McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, would like to see his prized student return next year but UFC president Dana White told reporters that the Dubliner wants to be back in action by the end of the year.
The last pay-per-view of the year is UFC 219, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Perhaps McGregor and Ferguson will battle it out in a title unification bout in the main event.