As the new year begins, the UFC is looking to continue their recent success. With some big names like Cris Cyborg, Francis Ngannou, and Max Holloway surfacing, there’s still a big elephant in the room, Conor McGregor.
There are many theories on whether or not the UFC superstar will return. Some include the fact that he is now an extremely wealthy man and there isn’t much of a monetary reason for him to return. Others feel that it’s worth it for him to come back because he should at least defend his belt once. Also, there are people that think he should return to settle the score between him and Nate Diaz.
Regardless of the reason for why Conor would come back, it pretty much comes down to one question: Does Conor McGregor love mixed martial arts?
For a majority of his life, McGregor has been fighting his way up the ladder to become a professional fighter and to be able to pay for the life that he wants for himself and his family. After the boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, that became a non-issue. So, if the main reason for his MMA career was to acquire wealth and be famous then the Irish superstar has already accomplished everything he wanted.
Many of us would quit our jobs instantly if we were told, “Yeah here’s 100 million dollars.” The difference, obviously, is that in McGregor’s case he is doing something that he might love. Mixed martial arts might be something he loves to do and no matter how much money he has, he’ll always want to fight. If he does come back, it will be for that reason and that reason alone.
Many fighters have jabbed at McGregor in their UFC interviews and on their social media accounts. These jabs were always quickly responded to by McGregor and that makes me think that there is still a feeling in his mind that he wants to silence the haters. However, that alone will not be enough to get him to come back. The only way he does come back is if he begins to miss the training, preparation, and the feeling of entering the octagon on fight night. Whether it be Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tyron Woodley, Nate Diaz, or any other challenger, the only way we see Conor McGregor again is if he misses the fight game. I think he does.