UFC president Dana White has recently declared that he’s not ruling out Conor McGregor being awarded a title shot upon his return to MMA.
White openly voiced that the lightweight division will need to work itself out, and it could come down to who holds the belt at that time. Lightweight champion Charles Oliviera is booked to defend his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7th. If triumphant in doing so, could welcome “The Notorious” back to the UFC Octagon.
“We will see what’s what with the lightweight division,” White told The Underground. “It’s going to depend on who the champion is when Conor McGregor comes back, they have a say in it. What do they want to do?”
“If it’s Oliveira who is still champion when Conor comes back, maybe Oliveira wants Conor we will see then. There are many variables for his return, number one his health and how his leg is.”
“Once that is 100%. We will start to figure out where he goes because we have fought up to June 18 already.”
Conor McGregor Opens up on His Return
When interviewed by the media, Conor McGregor recently attended Bellator 275 in his home city of Dublin and had plenty to say. He insinuated he would be back to sparring soon.
“April I should be back sparring,”
“I’ll gauge it all then – I’d like a title, a title, I’d feel a belt,” McGregor claimed.
Conor McGregor was also asked if we could see him perform at a new weight due to the sheer size and weight he had gained.
“We’ll see what happens with the weight, I’m feeling nice and strong, I’m getting there day-by-day. I’m only 33 years of age. I’m unscathed, never been bust-up in the face, never scratched in the face so I’ll be back.”
McGregor also discussed how the injury has forced him to adapt to a new fighting style.
“I’m advised to take it easy. I’m shadowboxing a lot and I’m figuring out what way I’m developing a style.” (Transcribed by themirror.co.uk)
With Islam Makhachev breathing down Charles Oliviera’s neck, it seems nailed on that the Russian will be next in line. However, can McGregor’s star power get him another crack at lightweight gold?