It’s been a minute since Conor McGregor’s made news. But earlier this week, Dana White told TMZ that that the winner of the Ferguson-Khabib fight at UFC 223 on April 7th will get Conor’s belt. “I said in the last press conference that fight will be for the title. It’s not for the interim title, that fight will be for the title” He went on to say: “Is he upset? No, Conor understands. Conor made a lot of money, he wants some time off, but the division has to go on and the business has to go on.”
And then went on to say again that McGregor might never fight again: It was August and now it’s September. I say it all the time, when you get that kind of money… Conor might never come back. It’s a lot of money.”
Well, Conor finally did say something. He hopped on Instagram with a pic of himself wearing a giant turtleneck and a message that read: I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this.
I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need. I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in. On top of the fighting.
I am here. It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here. Yours sincerely, The Champ Champ™
You know he means business when he’s signing it the Champ Champ, because to quote him “The double-champ does what the bleep he wants!”
And according to the Double Champ, the Double Champ wants to fight again. Not only that, but he claims that he stepped forward and was willing to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 next week in Las Vegas, but was rejected because UFC didn’t have the time to generate the money to make it worthwhile.
But Frankie Edgar’s manager isn’t buying it. He told TMZ that Conor is “like a prostitute, used to make high-dollar money, but she got old and nobody wanted her anymore…This bleeping guy. For three years, he did everything he can not to fight Frankie Edgar.”
And he wasn’t done there: “I don’t care if Frankie is 50 years old. Frankie could be 50 years old and beat the bleep out of him and the whole entire nation of Ireland. He’d beat everyone in Ireland hands down. He can’t beat Frankie. He can wait until Frankie is 60 — Frankie would still beat his ass.”
That’s one hell of a response. Calling the guy an old prostitute, and a coward, and saying that Frankie could beat the bleep out not just him, but the entire nation of Ireland at 50 years old? That is the definition of straight fire. They aren’t fighting, but those are officially fighting words.
Look, I don’t know what Conor did or didn’t say, what he did or didn’t do when it comes to UFC 222. When his opponents have fallen out in the past, he’s taken on whoever was put in front of him, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was willing to take a fight on short notice. Nor would it surprise me if he wanted to BE the guy coming in with that element of surprise. And I could definitely see him wanting to get in at the last minute to avoid having to do the media tour that he hasn’t enjoyed in the past.
Just as I could see why UFC wouldn’t want to put Conor in a fight without the buildup that would sell tickets and PPV buys. And I could see how Dana spelling out the fact that UFC 223 was for Conor’s belt and saying it publicly might be a ploy to get Conor to come out and fight.
So here’s what I’m taking away from all of this. This isn’t about Conor fighting at UFC 222 or other guys fighting for Conor’s belt at UFC 223, this is about if and when Conor is fighting again. He’s got millions and millions of reasons to never step in a cage again and I’ve been starting to think that was going to be the case. That the only way he’d step in the cage or a ring is if there was a briefcase with 100 million sitting there waiting for him.
But now he’s saying that he wants to fight again. He’s not hinting at it, he’s coming right out and saying it. This could all be a tease or posturing, but if The Champ Champ says he’s fighting again, that’s the closest I’ve come to believing that he actually fight again. Going based off that post, it should just be a matter of where and when. He’s the still the most compelling figure in the game. Sure, I’ve got an amazing threshold for him getting punched in the face, and choked out. You’ve had your time off; you earned it. You deserve. Time to get back to work, Conor.