Conor McGregor will still fight two more times this year, UFC insider predicts

Conor McGregor is still likely to fight two more times this year, despite the coronavirus outbreak wreaking havoc with the UFC’s calendar. McGregor made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in January in the main event of UFC 246, where he locked horns with Donald Cerrone.

McGregor decimated Cerrone in 40 seconds to pick up his first victory in over three years and stay on course for a busy 2020.

For McGregor, a busy 2020 entails setting foot inside the cage two more times – with a summer and late autumn outings understood to be at the forefront of his mind.

That schedule could prove to be difficult to keep given the global uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already forced the UFC to indefinitely postpone four shows.

But should the UFC resume normal business in the near future, ESPN’s Ariel Hewlani believes we can expect to see ‘The Notorious’ stick to his plans for his 2020 ‘season’.

If all goes well, he’ll turn around quickly so that he can say he stayed true to his word

Ariel Helwani on Conor McGregor

“Again, it’s hard to predict, but I’m going to say yes,” Hewlani wrote in his weekly ESPN column.

“This means a lot to him, and I suspect he’ll be booked right away when business resumes.

“If all goes well, he’ll turn around quickly so that he can say he stayed true to his word.”

A summer showdown with fellow fan favourite Justin Gaethje was said to be in the works for McGregor, with the UFC’s International Fight Week card on July 11 the frontrunner to land the bout.

That fight, however, is now likely no longer to happen as Gaethje is on course to face Tony Ferguson in May and will the lock horns with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year if he’s victorious against ‘El Cucuy.’

Despite the uncertainty over when the UFC will be back up and running, McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh reckons we’ll see the Irishman back inside the cage in July.

During a recent Instagram live broadcast, the SBG Ireland head coach said” “There’s going to be a fight in three months’ time.

“I think you would be shocked by some of the names that come across the table.

“I just kinda go at this stage, ‘Yeah, okay…you’re kickboxing who?’…at this stage there’s just so many things that come across the table.

“I just say, ‘Look, guys, that’s your world.’ Audie, Paradigm and Conor are so good at that, at planning, strategy and negotiating, that I just say, ‘Yeah, give me a date when it comes.’

“For me, I’m just focused that are booked, that are coming up. Obviously, Pedro [Carvalho] was the big one for the gym there recently that didn’t go ahead.

“He had a world title shot coming up, so my concern was with that – fights that I know are coming.”

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