Conor McGregor had planned to make 2020 a season for him after the win over Donald Cerrone last year. However, that couldn’t happen after the world went sideways following a global pandemic. McGregor is now looking to pick up the momentum from his last win. While he hasn’t spoken very precisely about his plans for 2021, Dana White predicted the former double champ to fight two or three times this year.
While talking to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, White gave props to all those fighters who kept fighting frequently, even in 2020. The biggest name that came up in this category was that of Kevin Holland, who competed five times in 2020.
“Through the pandemic, a lot of these kids that were fighting all the time like Kevin Holland. This kid fought five times in 2020. He’s a rising star for us right now. A lot of kids got some shine during that pandemic,” Dana White told Stephen A. Smith.
“Going into this year, if the Conor McGregor that we’re dealing with right now stays on course and does what he’s supposed to do, we could see Conor two or three times this year,” White added.
The Irishman has been the biggest cash cow of the UFC for the past decade. While one can argue that there were fighters who had better performances inside the Octagon, no one had the drawing potential akin to ‘The Notorious’.
“Conor McGregor has been a massive star for us. Big crossover guy. Not just in the United States but what he’s done for us in the UK, throughout Europe, Australia. This kid is a massive superstar,” White added.
As of late, McGregor has been infrequent with his UFC appearances. However, as the world adjusts to a new normal with fans beginning to trickle back into the arena, McGregor has all the reasons to fight more often. If he manages to win next weekend over Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov will be on the cards.
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