Conor McGregor predicts he will be fully training by April as he aims to return to UFC action, with Nate Diaz and Kamaru Usman as potential opponents.
‘The Notorious’ was left lying on the octagon floor at UFC 264 in his trilogy with Dustin Poirier after he smashed his leg and there were concerns he would fight again.
At the age of 33, McGregor accomplished everything inside and outside the cage, but confirmed in a question-and-answer session on Twitter that he had no intention of call it a day.
“I’ll be a full mixed martial arts sparring by April. Easily! ”The former two-weight world champion told supporters.
“Until then, a comeback will be imminent. But I have to be patient. I’ll beat this!
McGregor has lost three of his last four fights in the UFC, including two straight losses to world title contender Poirier, who will compete for the lightweight title against Charles Oliveira on December 11.
Although the Irishman has announced his intention to return and compete for the 155-pound belt upon his return, it looks like another progression could be considered.
McGregor has fought as a welterweight three times, losing once and winning twice, with two excellent fights against Diaz in 2016.
There has been much talk of a trilogy fight ever since and McGregor is set to get back to 170 pounds, especially if that means he can shoot current champion Usman.
Asked about the fight against Diaz for the third time, he replied: “1 billion percent! A must have! “
On Usman, meanwhile, he imagines his chances against the dominant division champion and told a follower he sees many holes in his game.