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Following Conor McGregor’s loss to Floyd Mayweather in August, all anybody can think about is when he will return.

Well, his next opponent appears to be set.

While many believed McGregor’s next fight would be a third fight with Nate Diaz, UFC president Dana White has other plans.

In a new interview (via MMAFighting), White let it slip that McGregor’s next opponent would be interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson.

Following Ferguson’s submission win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 earlier this month, Dana White said it “makes sense” for him to fight Conor next, adding that it “has to happen.”

After Ferguson’s win, he openly challenged McGregor as well, saying he either fights him or vacates this lightweight title. “Conor needs his ass kicked and we need to unify that belt,” he said. “Otherwise he needs to vacate, set it down, walk away, and never f*cking come back.”

White also said the Ferguson-McGregor fight could happen by the end of the year. “I think Conor’s full of sh*t, I don’t think he’s going to fight this year,” Ferguson said. “I think he was just saying it to keep people on their toes. But if he wants to go in 2017, I’m down. I’m ready to start training next week.”

What do you think? Is Ferguson the fighter McGregor should face in his return?