If Donald Cerrone’s most recent wins and callouts of Conor McGregor have been loud enough to get the former lightweight champion’s attention, “The Notorious” may return to fighting sooner than later. According to a report from TMZ, McGregor is back training in Ireland and “ready to fight right now”.
The report from TMZ states that McGregor recently put in a training session with Hans Molenkamp who is the head of Monster Energy’s combat program, and Molenkamp posted video of the two going at it in a sparring session at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland.
“Sparring with @thenotoriousmma is like juggling dynamite. You never know when or where it will explode. Always great times with #ConorMcGregor and @sbgnaas”
The former featherweight and lightweight champion has been vocal about a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov who he lost to back at UFC 229 by way of fourth-round submission, but with other plans in place for the champion, McGregor will have to search elsewhere.
After his win over Al Iaquinta at UFC Ottawa last weekend, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone once again called out McGregor as the two were linked to each other back in January when Cerrone called for a fight with the former champion after his win over Alex Hernandez.
McGregor seemed ready and willing to face Cerrone, but those talks stalled after the UFC reportedly want the fight to be in the co-main event slot which was ultimately turned down by McGregor. Before his fight against Iaquinta, Cowboy addressed rumors that a fight against “The Notorious” would be a big money fight for him, and said his focus has shifted to the fights that get him closer to the title.
Although there are currently no plans in place for a Conor McGregor return, the former champion is reportedly in training and the wait continues to see when he will make his return to the Octagon.