After much speculation, Conor McGregor has confirmed that his next fight will be in the UFC.
TMZ cameras caught up with the MMA star in New York City on Saturday (Dec. 16) and he declared that it’s “MMA next” for him.
First, McGregor was asked if he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao next and he responded “We’ll see”, before adding that he wants “a true fight” next.
“I think a true fight is what I want to do next … a real fight,” he said. “MMA next.”
When asked about a potential appearance in the WWE, he simply replied, “F*ck the WWE”.
McGregor (21-3) is in the process of re-negoiating his contract with the UFC. Though the promotion hoped to finalize the deal in time for UFC 219 on Dec. 30, McGregor is now slated to return in 2018.
He’s a two-weight UFC champion and currently holds the lightweight title. However, he has not fought in the Octagon since November 2016, and he has yet to defend the title.
Obviously, McGregor made his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in August, which he lost via a 10th round TKO. The fight generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys and more than $600 million in revenue, according to Showtime.
As for his next UFC opponent, it’s believe he will take on interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in his return. However, other potential opponents include Nate Diaz (for a trilogy fight) and even Georges St-Pierre, who recently vacated the UFC’s middleweight title.