Conor McGregor says he's back, foe's trainer calls him 'prostitute'

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"Period", McGregor wrote on Instagram, perhaps a direct response to UFC president Dana White's claim that McGregor may not return to the octagon because of how wealthy he is now. The 29-year-old superstar has not fought in the UFC since November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205.

Then again, with the kind of money Conor made in his last fight.

"I said in the last press conference (in Boston): That fight will be for the title". Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in. He is demanding an ownership stake in the promotion, which has indicated it will strip him of the lightweight title in advance of a title fight between Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) at UFC 223 in April.

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"Right", White answered when asked if McGregor would be stripped.

But having not defended his featherweight title for almost a year, the Irishman was stripped of the title before going on a hiatus for the birth of his son Conor McGregor Jr.

After staying mostly out of the limelight since "The Money Fight" in boxing past year against Floyd Mayweather, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has finally directly indicated he's ready for a return to the UFC octagon.

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The brash Irishman has yet to put the lightweight title on the line, having held it for 15 months without setting foot in the Octagon again, and appears on the brink of being stripped. But McGregor can still make a lot of money in UFC and the UFC would get a nice boost from his return.

UFC 223 will be staged at the Barclays Center in New York City on April. 23. There is still a ton of uncertainty surrounding Conor McGregor's next fight. In fact, McGregor announced he never did so, and he also repeatedly stated that he remains a two division champ.

Who would you like to see McGregor face next? Despite the uncertainty, White says that he hopes McGregor will face the victor of the UFC 223 match between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson.

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