Kavanagh: McGregor Likely To Return To Octagon in 2018

Published on September 7th, 2017 2:59 pm EST

Before Conor McGregor's fight against Floyd Mayweather in late August, UFC President Dana White repeatedly stated that McGregor would likely fight again in the UFC before the end of the year.

$100 million later, and these plans seem to have changed.

According to McGregor's head coach, John Kavanagh, the odds of McGregor returning to the Octagon before the end of 2017 are very slim indeed.

With McGregor currently partying in Ibiza after scoring his $100 million payday, the motivation for McGregor to make a quick return to the UFC doesn't seem apparent.

The UFC was no doubt hoping to include McGregor on the company's end of 2017 card, as that is typically one of the biggest cards of the year. The clock is ticking on that event, however, as McGregor and his opponent would need at least a couple of months for a proper training camp. This would mean that a fight contract would need to be signed over the next month or so, which seems very unlikely.

There are those who are grumbling about McGregor and his lack of title defences, though the fact of the matter is that he is calling the shots right now. He'll fight when he wants to fight and he'll fight who he wants to fight. McGregor holds all of the leverage right now.


All signs point to Conor McGregor fighting Nate Diaz next for the Lightweight title. Based on everything that has been said, you can safely assume that this fight will take place in 2018.