But for McGregor, this is only the beginning of what he meant to be a big year of rejuvenation for his career.
UFC president Dana White said recently that McGregor will likely challenge the victor of Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson if he beats "Cowboy" later this month. So I'll get a great camp, a great fight, and then it'll take me into the year.
Conor McGregor says that his upcoming fight with Donald Cerrone can be traced back to an exchange they had a press conference several years ago, as the Irishman details his plan of attack for 2020 in a new interview. I can focus on my skills, focus on my endurance, focus on strength and build myself.
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"I wasn't really that happy with how that bad motherf-- thing ended", McGregor said. A good fight. I know Donald is a good fighter; great records.
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"It was consistency. Consecutive bouts, back-to-back so that's what I am looking to replicate again".
McGregor also wants a rematch with Nurmagomedov, who will defend his title against top contender Tony Ferguson on April 18.
Considering it is the fifth time Khabib vs. Ferguson has been booked, but we are yet to see them fight, it is not a insane plan for "The Notorious". However, McGregor already has his eyes set on Khabib, who he has a very interesting past with.
"It's happened multiple times where it's scheduled four times in a row, and now this is the fifth", McGregor said.
"If you look at the list of call-outs or people I've engaged with, Donald was probably one of the first ones so he's first on the list. I'll be ready. This is the beginning of my 2020 season".
"What about guys like Justin Gaethje?". Speaking to TheMacLife on Friday, McGregor says Cerrone is part of a list of names he plans on facing in the coming year. The boss wants it, Dana wants it. He can run, but he cannot hide.