Conor McGregor is eager to return to the Octagon. He has not fought since he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Since then, he announced his retirement from the sport but does want to return. Although since he lost to the Russian all he has wanted is the rematch he is slowly changing his focus. Instead, he just wants to return to the Octagon and fight whoever and gave a variety of names.
“In the return fight, you know I want my world title back. I want that redemption, the camp was incorrect, I learned so much from it,” Conor McGregor said to ESPN. “Knowing the commitment I had in that camp and knowing the performance I put on. He ran away for that the first round. He didn’t throw a punch, he shot for the legs before he threw a punch. The first round I should have been talking to Herb (Dean). He says he was talking to me inside the cage but there was not a whisper out of him until he ended up in a dominant position.
“The only reason he ended up in that dominant position was because I walked around with disrespect towards him because he was just running around that cage,” he added. “I switched off in that millisecond and got that lucky shot. Even after he got that lucky shot, although it was a beautiful shot, even after he got that shot, I bounced back up and engaged. What did he do? He shot again. But, whatever there are many great things I can do take from that. I can come back and avenge that.
“But, I am not going to wait around. Whoever. If you are asking me who, whoever. If Dustin goes in and does it, Dustin, if it’s Nate, Nate, if it’s Jorge, Jorge. I don’t know about size, I don’t know what Dana (White) is talking about in all that. I don’t even know Jorge that well to be honest,” Conor McGregor continued. “I’ve just seen the last two and saw the (Al) Iaquinta bout. Anyone. Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje. (Max) Holloway rematch, (Jose) Aldo rematch. There are so many bouts for me, Ariel. So many. And, in reality, it does not matter who. It is just about me getting back in and being who I am and not a shell of myself.”