Conor McGregor returned to the octagon after a year off, for his match against Khabib Nurmagomedov. The last time he competed inside the octagon, was against Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship. Interestingly enough, it will mark another year off for Conor McGregor, when he makes his much-anticipated return at UFC 246 against Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas.
In a recent media interaction with BT Sports, Conor McGregor revealed his mindset in the lead up to the match.
McGregor was physically present inside the octagon, but when asked about the mental space he was in, that’s what he said,
“A different kind of mental was there. It was just a wild couple of months surrounding that whole belt. The whole incident that happened, and it’s just is what it is, and we will get it again.”
The incidents surrounding the fight were very disturbing. Both the fighters shared verbal abuses in the lead up to the match. However, Conor looks confident in getting a title opportunity once again.
When can Conor face Khabib Nurmagomedov again?
“As soon as it’s there. Maybe in Brooklyn, when is that, April? It can very well happen, it was offered to me. It was offered when they couldn’t come to a deal with Tony. And they offered it to me, and I took it straight away.
Conor revealed that he was offered the fight when negotiations between UFC and Tony Ferguson did not come around successfully. It’s interesting how Justin Gaethje was not considered for the lightweight title. McGregor still thinks that he will get his rematch against Khabib sooner than expected. He has said in the past that he doesn’t believe that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will happen this time as well.
“Something was hitting behind those closed doors. So Dana hit me up, and I accepted it of course. It’s gonna happen. It will happen.”
What’s next for Conor McGregor?
It’s still unsure who McGregor will be facing next. Several factors will decide his next opponent. He has bigger adversity at hand right now. McGregor’s triumph over welterweight Donald Cerrone will get him closer to grabbing that UFC gold.