Despite Conor McGregor and the UFC’s insistence that the previous two-division champion is retired from the struggle sport, each events hinted at a possible comeback Thursday.
“We’re in fact operating on some a laugh stuff for Conor at the start of subsequent 12 months,” UFC president Dana White instructed SportsCenter on Thursday. “He will have to be again subsequent 12 months. I’m no longer announcing he is coming again to struggle, assured, however we are speaking at the moment about some stuff.”
McGregor’s agent Audie Attar additionally showed there were talks with the UFC to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Thursday.
“We had some very fascinating talks with the UFC not too long ago,” Attar stated. “We are fascinated with the longer term and dealing on some a laugh issues. Exciting issues to return in the close to long run.”
McGregor (22-4) introduced his retirement from MMA in June, telling ESPN then that “the sport simply does no longer excite me, and that is the reason that.”
The announcement was once met with skepticism, as McGregor had prior to now introduced his retirement from MMA a couple of occasions. He additionally by no means exited the UFC’s necessary drug trying out program.
McGregor, 32, has no longer fought since he knocked out Donald Cerrone in simply 40 seconds in January. He got here into 2020 with a plan to struggle a number of occasions, however the ones plans have been derailed, in phase, by way of the coronavirus pandemic and the UFC’s incapability to host a are living tournament with fanatics.