Conor McGregor and the UFC are working on the details for the Irishman’s return to Octagon, and the final plans could soon be coming together.
During an appearance at a St. Patrick’s parade in Chicago over the weekend, McGregor was interviewed by local news station ABC 7 in regards to his next fight, and McGregor revealed he and the promotion were discussing dates for his next outing.
“Yes, we’re currently in negotiations, we’re aiming for July, we’ll see what happens,” McGregor said. “I am staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program, the McGregorFast program, today in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.”
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Recent reports had suggested McGregor could face Donald Cerrone, with the pair agreeing to a fight on social media immediately after Cerrone’s win over Alex Hernandez in January. Since then, however, UFC president Dana White and Cerrone have both appeared to be looking at other options for ‘Cowboy’, with Al Iaquinta named as a possible opponent.
Should McGregor return in July, it would most likely be as part of the annual International Fight Week event, which takes place on the opening week of the Summer month.