- The UFC has several title fights booked through October.
- Dana White claims we won’t see Conor McGregor fighting in 2020.
- The Irishman may move into the boxing ring to challenge Manny Pacquiao.
The UFC is working hard to capitalize on its quickly-growing fanbase. The world’s top MMA promotion already has a number of exciting title bouts scheduled to take place over the next few months. Unfortunately, it seems highly unlikely that we’ll see Conor McGregor fighting in 2020.
Conor remains the biggest star in MMA. UFC President Dana White claims the Irish knockout artist is retired and won’t compete this year. Some feel this is all a plan for the UFC to coax McGregor into taking a fight.
Today, we’re going to look at when we might see “Notorious” fighting again.
UFC Main Events Are Now Booked Through October
In early May, the UFC became the first major sports league to resume its operations. It was a huge moment for the sport of MMA. Almost immediately, we saw the popularity of this combat sport skyrocket.
For weeks, the UFC was the only show in town. Many other sports leagues started to take notice of how the MMA leader held its events. Over the past month, many different US sports leagues have resumed their seasons.
There’s no doubt that MMA is more popular than ever before. Recently, officials within the UFC started announcing several exciting main event fights scheduled to take over the next few months. That includes the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
Fight fans have some incredible fights to look forward to. Another recently announced bout is the middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa. It seems like every single week, we have an exciting main event to look forward to.
To the surprise of many, it doesn’t look like Conor McGregor will be fighting this year. With so many new eyes on the sport, some felt the UFC would be hugely interested in getting Conor a fight. UFC President Dana White doesn’t seem to feel this is a possibility anytime soon.
Dana White Claims We Won’t See Conor McGregor Fighting in 2020
Between 2013 and 2016, Conor McGregor was one of the most exciting fighters in MMA. He steamrolled through the featherweight division before knocking out Jose Aldo to win the title. After a pair of wars with Nate Diaz, he moved up in weight and earned the lightweight belt, as well.
Since that time, Conor’s time in combat sports has been sparse. He briefly moved into professional boxing before moving back into the UFC to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155-pound title in October of 2018. In the end, McGregor was defeated via fourth-round submission.
This fight ended up being the biggest in MMA history. Some felt we’d see an immediate rematch. Conor has only fought once since that time, though, earning a quick TKO over Donald Cerrone.
With the UFC’s “Fight Island” now operational, many felt we’d see Conor fighting again sometime soon. That doesn’t seem to be the case. UFC President Dana White spoke about the possibility of Conor McGregor fighting in 2020 to the media this week.
“This year, he’s retired,” White said. “He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’t have a fight this year. Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020. I’m not saying he won’t fight in 2021, but I’m telling you we don’t have a fight planned for him in 2020. But I guarantee you he will not fight in 2020. Conor McGregor is retired.”
It’s an interesting thing to hear from White. Even without a crowd, Conor McGregor could probably make the UFC a huge amount of money in PPV sales. For now, it seems he’s happy to sit on the sidelines.
Could the results of October’s lightweight title fight have an impact on his future?
Conor May Take On the Winner Of Khabib-Gaethje
It’s easy to see why Dana White is making this statement. Conor already announced his retirement and the UFC wants to move ahead without waiting on him. Many feel that White’s comments are a way to push Conor to compete again, though.
In October, Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. Many feel it will be the toughest fight of Khabib’s career. It seems plausible that Conor McGregor will fight the winner of this bout.
Others feel that Conor will move back into the boxing ring to take on Manny Pacquiao. These two fighters have been speaking to each other over social media for years. Not long ago, McGregor seems to have told Pacquiao “I accept,” on his Twitter account.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 31, 2020
Both of these fights would be huge. That’s exactly what the Irishman is looking for at this point. He’s looking for the biggest fights possible to earn him a massive payday.
For now, it seems highly unlikely that we’ll see Conor McGregor fighting in 2020. Anything is possible, though. If either Gaethje or Khabib drops out, perhaps we’ll see him competing sometime this fall.
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