Dana White: UFC ‘working on some fun stuff for Conor McGregor at the beginning of next year’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Conor McGregor’s retirement may come to an end in early 2021. The former two-division UFC champion said he was hanging up his gloves earlier this year after not receiving a compelling offer for his next fight after tearing through Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January. Since that time, McGregor has stuck to his guns about staying retired, but it appears the Irish superstar has started talking to the UFC again about a potential return. “We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year,” White revealed when speaking to ESPN on Thursday. “He should be back next year. “I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking right now about some stuff.” While rumors about his return to the UFC started almost immediately after he announced his retirement, McGregor’s manager Audie Attar confirmed to MMA Fighting on Thursday that conversations have taken place with the promotion. Despite a declaration that he was calling it a career, McGregor was also just recently tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency as part of the UFC’s anti-doping program. Retired fighters can notify the UFC that they don’t intend to compete again, which will then result in their withdrawal from the anti-doping program. That didn’t happen in his case, so obviously he was always keeping his options open for a potential return. Based on White’s statement, McGregor wouldn’t compete again until 2021 at the earliest. But his return would certainly be welcomed in the UFC, where he remains the biggest draw in the history of the sport.

Dana White: UFC ‘working on some fun stuff for Conor McGregor at the beginning of next year’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Conor McGregor’s retirement may come to an end in early 2021.

The former two-division UFC champion said he was hanging up his gloves earlier this year after not receiving a compelling offer for his next fight after tearing through Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January.

Since that time, McGregor has stuck to his guns about staying retired, but it appears the Irish superstar has started talking to the UFC again about a potential return.

“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year,” White revealed when speaking to ESPN on Thursday. “He should be back next year.

“I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking right now about some stuff.”

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While rumors about his return to the UFC started almost immediately after he announced his retirement, McGregor’s manager Audie Attar confirmed to MMA Fighting on Thursday that conversations have taken place with the promotion.

Despite a declaration that he was calling it a career, McGregor was also just recently tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency as part of the UFC’s anti-doping program. Retired fighters can notify the UFC that they don’t intend to compete again, which will then result in their withdrawal from the anti-doping program. That didn’t happen in his case, so obviously he was always keeping his options open for a potential return.

Based on White’s statement, McGregor wouldn’t compete again until 2021 at the earliest. But his return would certainly be welcomed in the UFC, where he remains the biggest draw in the history of the sport.

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Daron Cruickshank to face Brazilian prospect Deivison Ribeiro in October

Daron Cruickshank is coming off a three straight losses under the RIZIN and Bellator banners. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Daron Cruickshank’s next fight is now booked. “Detroit Superstar” inked a one-bout deal with Taura MMA for Oct. 30 and will take on Brazilian lightweight talent Deivison Ribeiro in Kissimmee, Fla., promotion officials told MMA Fighting. Cruickshank (22-13, 1 no contest) is still under contract with RIZIN, but was allowed to compete for the Brazilian-based promotion since he’s currently unable to enter Japan to compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC veteran is looking to bounce from a three-fight losing run that dates back to Dec. 2018, a pair of RIZIN losses to Damien Brown and Tofiq Musaev and a Bellator defeat to Goiti Yamauchi. Cruickshank scored four knockouts in a row prior to this recent skid. Ribeiro (27-11, 1 no contest) is a former XFC featherweight champion who went 1-1 since returning from a brutal Anderson Silva-like leg break in 2016. Ribeiro was challenging Andre Harrison for the Titan FC featherweight belt when he suffered the injury. Taura MMA 11 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between defending champion Richardson Moreira and fellow UFC veteran Jonathan Wilson. Antonio Silva takes on Brett Martin in the co-main event. The card also includes Gleison Tibau vs. Chris Cisneros, the company announced following a report from Ag. Fight.

Daron Cruickshank to face Brazilian prospect Deivison Ribeiro in October
Daron Cruickshank is coming off a three straight losses under the RIZIN and Bellator banners. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Daron Cruickshank’s next fight is now booked.

“Detroit Superstar” inked a one-bout deal with Taura MMA for Oct. 30 and will take on Brazilian lightweight talent Deivison Ribeiro in Kissimmee, Fla., promotion officials told MMA Fighting.

Cruickshank (22-13, 1 no contest) is still under contract with RIZIN, but was allowed to compete for the Brazilian-based promotion since he’s currently unable to enter Japan to compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UFC veteran is looking to bounce from a three-fight losing run that dates back to Dec. 2018, a pair of RIZIN losses to Damien Brown and Tofiq Musaev and a Bellator defeat to Goiti Yamauchi. Cruickshank scored four knockouts in a row prior to this recent skid.

Ribeiro (27-11, 1 no contest) is a former XFC featherweight champion who went 1-1 since returning from a brutal Anderson Silva-like leg break in 2016. Ribeiro was challenging Andre Harrison for the Titan FC featherweight belt when he suffered the injury.

Taura MMA 11 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between defending champion Richardson Moreira and fellow UFC veteran Jonathan Wilson. Antonio Silva takes on Brett Martin in the co-main event. The card also includes Gleison Tibau vs. Chris Cisneros, the company announced following a report from Ag. Fight.

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