In the aftermath of Conor McGregor’s upset defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 this past weekend, there has been a lot of talk about what the Irish star will do next, and when he will do it.
Ronda Rousey, for instance, is yet to return to the Octagon since losing to Holly Holm back in November 2015 – an upset defeat on the same magnitude as McGregor vs Diaz – and the Irish star could yet decide to take a similarly lengthy spell off.
According to UFC president Dana White, however, that is extremely unlikely. In fact, unlike his female peer, White argued this week that McGregor will return “as soon as possible.”
“I was at his house last night and talking to him, ‘What do you think your future is?’” White said during an appearance on the Russillo and Kanell Show this week.
“He wants to fight again as soon as possible. He wants to jump back in there and he wants to fight again. We’re working on who the next opponent is going to be.”
Unlike Rousey, McGregor avoided a medical suspension after his second-round submission loss to Diaz last Saturday. As such, his decision on when to return action isn’t prohibited by any outside forces.
RARING TO GO
The news that the Irish star is dead set on putting his shock loss behind him as soon as possible will be music to the ears of his fans. Considering his character, however, you wouldn’t expect anything less from the 27-year-old.
The fact, too, that he has called out a number of fighters for backing away from opportunities in the past means McGregor would go against his own values if he shunned the multiple offers he is likely to receive over the next few weeks.
So long as he is physically capable, McGregor will most likely look to put his UFC career back on track at UFC 200 on July 9.
With the likes of Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar already having gone public to put their own names forward for McGregor’s next fight, White certainly won’t be left wanting as he tries to pick the right fighter.
The UFC president really is in a win-win situation. UFC 200 was already touted to be a monster event. Now, with McGregor seemingly ready and willing to be a part of the show, it has the chance to break UFC records.