As the combat sports is put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some fighters are getting in work in the comfort of their home, including former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.
McGregor most recently fought in January of this year after a year-long layoff and recorded a :40 second TKO victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. McGregor’s victory was his first inside the UFC Octagon since 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two separate weight classes at the same time.
Before his fight against Cerrone, McGregor promised to have an active and busy 2020 season, but with fights currently on hold, “The Notorious” is staying active in his home. On Friday, McGregor shared a video on his Instagram showing him getting in some boxing work on a machine in his home.
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On top of wanting to stay active inside the UFC Octagon, McGregor has also said that he fully expects to return to the boxing ring and have a match in the future. McGregor’s first ever professional boxing fight came in a superfight against undefeated boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather. Back in 2017, Mayweather improved his undefeated record to 50-0 when he secured a 10th round TKO over McGregor in the biggest crossover fight between boxing and MMA in combat sports history.
Back in the UFC, there have been rumors that Conor McGregor could face Justin Gaethje next, but UFC President Dana White believes there’s also a chance that he could have a rematch with current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov is currently scheduled to take on Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title on April 18, although there is uncertainty surrounding the event due to the worldwide pandemic.
Although there have been restrictions put in place for many around the world, Conor McGregor appears to be staying sharp and in shape in case he is called upon to return to action sooner than later.