Conor McGregor: ‘Potential Opponents Must Lobby For Fights With Me’

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor tells potential opponents that they must prove their worth to fight him.

Conor McGregor has barely been out of the headlines in recent weeks and MMA fans worldwide are wondering when the Irishman will return to the Octagon.

Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz and Max Holloway have been the names most closely linked to the UFC lightweight champion’s name in recent weeks, but speaking to his exclusive betting sponsor Betsafe, McGregor explained that any potential opponent must justify their case to fight him before they can think about getting the opportunity to square off with him.

“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing,” McGregor said. “At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me.

“We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game, or whatever the next business endeavour might be. I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavours accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”

When or where the Irishman will fight next remains a mystery, but one thing for certain is that he won’t be putting himself in harms way again without being heavily compensated for his troubles.

It’s all eyes on the new year to see whether the UFC can tempt him back to the Octagon to defend his UFC lightweight title, or whether he will choose once again to lace up the boxing gloves for his next bout.

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