The Notorious returns to motion this weekend at UFC 246 for the primary time since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018, searching for his first win since he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
The Irishman has acknowledged that he needs to fight at the least thrice this yr and he is sticking to that plan, aiming to be again as shortly as UFC 248.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani tweeted: ‘McGregor says if all goes to plan Saturday, he could fight on the 7 March card.’
That card, held on the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is at present set to be headlined by Weili Zhang defending her strawweight title towards Joanna Jedrzejczyk, however the former featherweight and light-weight champ would usurp them whoever he fights.
McGregor would want to come back out of the Cowboy fight injury-free, however if he did so, he has loads of choices forward of him, choosing out Jorge Masvidal, Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway as possible opponents.
‘There’s many names,’ McGregor instructed BT Sport. ‘Of course he’s in there (Masvidal). I’d wish to see him on the scales, let me see. Most definitely that’s there, the BMF belt can be good so as to add to the gathering of belts that I’ve.
‘The options are there, but there’s additionally little stragglers like Gaethje floating round, there’s Holloway. There’s so many rattling names.
‘Activity, I’m remaining in form and protecting going for yr. This goes to be an exceptional yr, 2020 goes to be yr.
‘I would say I’m going to be combating up till my 40s. Just know I’m going to be match, wholesome and prepared.’
McGregor’s checklist of potential opponents features a welterweight, a light-weight and a featherweight, so it’s not clear the place his next bout will happen – though it gained’t be as little as 145lbs.
The 31-year-old is obvious that he needs a rematch with light-weight champion Khabib at some stage, though that isn’t in his instant future, with the Dagestani defending his 155lb title towards Tony Ferguson in April.
McGregor was not in his most bullish temper on the pre-fight press convention on Wednesday in Las Vegas, providing Cowboy nice respect forward of their bout.
‘There will be blood spilled on Saturday, but it won’t be dangerous blood,’ mentioned Mystic Mac.
‘As time has gone on you’ve seen him change into household man and clearly you’ve seen him compete a lot, it’s arduous to not respect him at this stage.’
However, he has definitely not misplaced any of his confidence, including: ‘I can read Donald like a children’s ebook. He’s acquired some good tips up his sleeve, however I do know the tips he has.’