McGregor: Fighters must campaign to face me in 2018

Conor McGregor wants potential opponents to campaign for a fight against him in 2018.

McGregor’s future in the UFC has come under severe scrutiny over recent weeks, with the promotion’s president Dana White admitting that the Irishman may not fight in the Octagon again.

The lightweight champion insists he does want to compete next year – if he can agree a new contract with the UFC – after his mega money showdown against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

But with no obvious opponent for the 29-year-old, McGregor is looking for possible foes to make a case for him to enter the ring against them.

“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon – 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing,” he told Betsafe.

“At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me.

“We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game, or whatever the next business endeavour might be.

“I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavours accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.

“Me and my team are in continued negotiations with the UFC, and if the deal makes commercial sense, I look forward to fighting for my company in 2018.”