Conor McGregor Wants Masvidal-Diaz Winner, Eyeing January UFC Return
Conor McGregor reportedly wants to fight the winner of Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz, and he's eyeing a January UFC return.
McGregor, who hasn't fought since his submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October, plans to return to action in January and he's targetting the winner of Masvidal vs. Diaz as well as the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson.
Masvidal and Diaz throw down next month at UFC 244 while Nurmagomedov is slated to defend his UFC lightweight title against top contender Ferguson in early 2020.
And, according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, the former UFC champ-champ wants a piece of the victors of both match-ups as he hopes to compete three times in 2020.
"No fight has been signed, no fight is done," Helwani said via Low Kick MMA.
"He is hoping to return, if all goes well, in January. He was hoping for December. Now they're shooting for January. It appears as if the Frankie Edgar fight is pretty much DOA. And he's hoping to fight three times next year, I'm told by a member of his team.
"He's hoping to fight in January, then the winner of Masvidal vs. Diaz, and then fight the winner of Khabib vs. Tony whenever that happens. He's probably going to talk a lot more about this [the whiskey tour]. There's no big announcement to make.
"They are very confident and intent on returning next year and fighting three times, so we'll see what happens. The Frankie Edgar fight was something that he wanted, Frankie wanted, the UFC didn't want it and it never really got past that."
McGregor has been calling out ex-UFC lightweight champion Edgar, but that potential bout appears to be dead in the waters with Dana White nixing the plan.
The UFC president wants to match McGregor up with Donald Cerrone or Justin Gaethje.