Dublin native McGregor hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since claiming the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205.
Fifteen months have passed since he dethroned Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion, and the 29-year-old has yet to agree a new contract with his employers, something he demanded immediately after his historic victory at Madison Square Garden.
McGregor has been locked in negotiations with the UFC brass for several months now, much to the frustration of many.
And according to MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer, they are progressing well.
Earlier this week, Meltzer revealed that talks between McGregor and his employers are going swimmingly and that we could see the Irishman fight twice this year.
“The word is that negotiations with Conor McGregor are going well,” he wrote in his subscription-only newsletter.
“No deal to return has been inked but they are said to be not so far apart and are in talks about him doing two fights in 2018.”
He added: “All the pub right now is Mayweather under MMA rules but I can’t see Mayweather agreeing to that, even though it’s huge money.
“The UFC fight idea is the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov.”
Not long after Meltzer revealed the current state of McGregor’s negotiations with the UFC, the Irishman publicly declared that he doesn’t plan on hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
“I am fighting again. Period,” McGregor wrote, via Instagram. “I am the best at this.
“I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.
“I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game.
“Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.”