Conor McGregor is expected to return to the UFC following his TKO defeat to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
While he couldn’t pull off the shock he was promising, it was a commendable performance from the Dubliner but the more restrictive rules of boxing evidently aggravated him.
On multiple occasions, Mayweather gave up his back to his opponent only for the pair to be quickly broken up by referee Robert Byrd. Speaking in one of his most revealing interviews since his tenth-round defeat, the Notorious One admitted he was looking forward to getting back to the world of MMA and in particular the added facets of the contest not allowed inside the squared circle.
He told RTÉ:
“I’m also looking forward to kicking again, I’m looking forward to kicking something again, I am looking forward to grappling.
“I feel when I got his back – I got his back so many times – how many times was I at his back there?”
Wath the full interview below.
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) 27 August 2017
There are a number of avenues open to McGregor if and when he re-enters the octagon. A defence of his lightweight title, a conclusive third bout with Nate Diaz and a move back down to featherweight are just some of the options available to the sport’s biggest draw.