Conor McGregor has said he will return to the Octagon on Jan. 18. Yet, that is just two months away and no opponent has been announced yet.
Although no opponent has been announced, all signs point to the Irishman fighting Donald Cerrone. And, according to McGregor’s manager in Audie Attar, negotiations are going well for that fight.
“I would say that talks have been progressing,” Attar told the Post when asked about the rumored match-up. “We’ve met them, we’re in close communication with them. I would hope that an announcement could happen in the coming weeks, but at the end of the day, it’s still a work in progress.”
For Attar, he believes McGregor is returning for his legacy and not for money.
“When you look back to when he was winning fights, he was fighting often,” Attar stated. “He wasn’t fighting once a year, he was fighting often, he was staying active.
“He never has to fight one fight more in his life,” Attar added. “At the end of the day, that’s the thing people forgot about him, he actually is a competitor. He dares to do things differently. He strives for greatness and dreams for things that nobody thought that he could accomplish, and he’s doing that again. That’s what’s exciting. It’s exciting to be a part of that and witness that and see that fire in him again. I love it.”
In the end, Attar is confident Conor McGregor will be a UFC champion once again and knew he would not end his career on the Khabib Nurmagomedov loss. Instead, he is confident again and looking forward to the Irishman fighting three times in 2020.
“I don’t see him slowing down,” he said. I think that fighting once a year for the last couple of years, it’s almost like it’s grown his appetite to stay active. In any sport, the more reps you take, the better you get. He’s no stranger to becoming a world champion multiple times over. He knows what it takes.”