The UFC's biggest star Conor McGregor recently announced that he has only two fights left on his current contract with the organization. The news has sparked a lot of discussion in the MMA community about the future of one of the most popular fighters in the sport's history.
After his trilogy fight versus Dustin Poirier in July 2021, "The Notorious" was never seen inside a cage. The Irishman shattered his leg towards the conclusion of the opening round. He has been sidelined for more than a year because of the accident.
Recent episodes of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani featured Conor McGregor talking about his comeback. After his next two fights, the former lightweight champion's UFC agreement will expire. McGregor would prefer to complete his career with the Dana White-led organization rather than explore the waters of free agency.
“For me, the UFC is the pinnacle. It’s the company I love, it’s the company I wish to be with this company for the rest of my career.” Conor McGregor stated on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. “So I’ve got two fights left on my contract and I hope we can continue. So, I wanna be in the UFC, that’s my catalog, is in the UFC. My highlight reel is in the UFC.”
He continued, “Let’s see what happens. I hope they feel the same way also. I love the company dearly, it’s the company that’s changed my life. It’s given me so much and helped me in many situations in my life. The UFC is my company.”
Many fans are speculating about who McGregor's opponents will be in his final two fights. With one most anticipated fight with Michael Chandler by the end of the TUF 31 season, some wish for a trilogy fight against Nate Diaz. However, Nate Diaz has left the UFC, and McGregor has yet to reveal who he plans to face in his remaining bout.
What is clear, however, is that McGregor has no plans to explore free agency when his UFC contract expires. Despite rumors that he could potentially sign with other MMA organizations or even pursue a career in boxing, McGregor has stated that he is committed to finishing out his UFC contract and remaining with the organization.
McGregor's commitment to the UFC is a testament to his love for the sport and his desire to cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Despite his recent struggles in the octagon, McGregor remains a massive draw for fans and has helped to elevate the sport to new heights of popularity.
For the UFC, keeping McGregor on board is essential to the continued success of the organization. His star power and ability to generate massive pay-per-view buys have made him one of the most valuable assets in the sport, and the UFC will undoubtedly do everything in its power to keep him in the fold.
As for McGregor's future opponents, the Irishman has faced MMA legends over the years, including Diaz, Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo, and Donald Cerrone, among others. Whoever he faces in his final bouts, fans can expect fireworks and a level of excitement that only McGregor can deliver.