Floyd Mayweather isn’t out of Conor McGregor’s system quite yet, but MMA is still on his mind.
The UFC lightweight champion talked about his “Money Fight,” his division’s title picture and took a few shots at former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi today during a Q&A fan event in Glasgow, Scotland.
McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) entertained the idea of a rematch with Mayweather (50-0 boxing), telling fans the newly retired boxing kingpin’s spending habits – and tax troubles – might lead to a rematch.
With different training, McGregor boasted, he wouldn’t just win – it would be the easiest fight of his career, Daily Star reporter Chisanga Malata tweeted from the event at the SEC Armadillo auditorium.
The good news, McGregor said, is that he is still counting his money from the mega-event this past month in Las Vegas.
McGregor didn’t rule out a return to the octagon by year’s end, even though UFC President Dana White has already ruled it out.
McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, recently predicted “The Notorious” won’t fight until 2018 – and is hopefull he’ll take on Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) in a rubber match on St. Patrick’s Day.
But according to McGregor, that fight isn’t a lock. Diaz, he said, is likely to “price himself out” of a third fight.
A fight at the year-end UFC 219 would be fine, McGregor said, if he could simply weigh in and throw down, according to Irish Mirror and MMAFighting.com reporter Peter Carroll.
Another rival, former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi (36-8 boxing), got an invitation to the octagon. McGregor reportedly called the ex-boxing champ – his former sparring partner for Mayweather – “a rat” and told him to “bring his balls” for a showdown in MMA.
Other opponents also beckon. McGregor said he’s looking forward to the upcoming interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), which takes place next week at UFC 216, as well as the showdown of “The Ultimate Fighter 26” coaches Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and ex-champ Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
But in the end, McGregor indicated he would wait how the division shakes out before making a final decision.
“Let me see what these two fools do this weekend,” McGregor said of Ferguson vs. Lee.
For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.view original article >>
UFC President Dana White adamantly denies Paulie Malignaggi’s claim that a fight with Conor McGregor is in negotiations.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Edson Barboza doesn't really consider Conor McGregor the true UFC lightweight champion. read news >>
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor apologized this week for his use of a homophobic slur backstage at a recent UFC event. During an appearance on RTE One's The Late Late Show, McGregor said he u read news >>
New UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has opened as a betting favorite over lightweight titleholder Conor McGregor. read news >>
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor made quite the scene at today’s Bellator 187 event in his native Dublin.Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor posted an apology Tuesday for attacking referee Marc Goddard during the Bellator 187 Friday at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor addressed the issue with a l read news >>
The MMA world was quick to cast judgement on Conor McGregor after he jumped the cage and shoved a referee at Bellator 187 in Dublin.Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
The stars of UFC Fight Night Norfolk faced off after weighing in on Friday morning. read news >>
Check out all the fighter walkout songs from Saturday’s UFC 217 event.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
(Courtesy of UFC on FOX) Rose Namajunas stuns Joanna Jedrzejczyk to become the new UFC women's strawweight division champion. Check out the highlights from the first-round finish. The fight promotion read news >>