KEY POINTS

  • McGregor may make UFC return in 2021
  • McGregor still facing sexual assault charges
  • McGregor unlikely to face the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje fight

Conor McGregor has a lot on his plate lately with issues outside the Octagon. The Irishman is technically retired although most are not completely buying it. Some believe he will come out of retirement at some point and that could happen in 2021.

UFC president Dana White has been silent on the possibility but his latest take on ESPN’s Sports Center has raised speculations that something is brewing. And if McGregor can weather his current sexual assault case and unretired, something big may be happening next year. The only problem is that White has branded it as “fun stuff,” which has now gotten most thinking.

“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year,” White said. “He should be back next year. I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking about some stuff.”

Further backing those talks is Audie Attar, McGregor’s manager. Speaking to Ariel Helwani via Instagram, he confirmed that they have been in talks with the UFC recently and are working on fun things.

“We are excited about the future and working on some fun things. Exciting things to come in the near future,” he said.

By terming it “fun stuff,” most are crossing out the possibility of McGregor facing Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje.  Both are set to face each other next month in a lightweight title fight.

Rather, McGregor could end up facing a fellow contender at welterweight or lightweight. Also, it cannot be discounted that Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be in the picture. If that is it, a boxing rematch between the two could happen. Mayweather will only enter the ring if it is a boxing match and not a mixed-martial-arts clash.

Of course, this could be getting too much ahead. McGregor remains embroiled in a sexual assault case against a married woman in Corsiva. The Irishman allegedly showed off his manhood and examinations are ongoing.

McGregor claims he is innocent and the whole issue is nothing more than to take money out of him. He does not intend to pay a single dime and will face the charges believing he is innocent.

Ireland's Conor McGregor celebrates his first round TKO victory against American Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 in Las Vegas Ireland's Conor McGregor celebrates his first round TKO victory against American Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 in Las Vegas Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Steve Marcus