It’s been almost a year since the UFC’s biggest star has fought in a UFC octagon. Instead, Conor McGregor’s only fight since becoming the promotion’s first simultaneous two-weight champion came in a ring—he fell to Floyd Mayweather in his boxing debut back in August.
But according to his latest comments, McGregor is ready to return to the sport that made his a household name, and take on the man who currently holds the interim lightweight belt: Tony Ferguson, who’s already called McGregor out.
“I’ve got everyone clawing at me, trying to get at me, and that’s from multiple sports, multiple organizations, multiple everything,” McGregor told entertainment.ie. “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 claimed the lightweight belt by knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. Two weeks later, he was stripped of his featherweight title due to inactivity in the division.
McGregor, promoting the documentary Notorious, added that his camp and that of Tony Ferguson “are currently in contract negotiations.”
Likely for leverage in negotiations, the Irishman noted he could always fight rival Nate Diaz a third time.
“The Diaz trilogy is also there. I can defend my belt against Nate,” McGregor said. “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.”