Conor McGregor Gives an Update on His Future with the UFC

World-renowned UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor may not have fought inside the UFC’s hallowed Octagon in more than a year, but that hasn’t stopped fans from clamouring for news of his next fight.

McGregor announced late last year that he would be taking a leave of absence from the UFC to await the birth of his first child, Conor Jack.

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The Irishman’s time out from the octagon would eventually be extended to allow him to make his professional boxing debut in a super fight with veteran boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Many believed that McGregor would not make a return to the UFC at all following the super-fight with Mayweather, given that he had made in excess of one hundred million dollars.

McGregor says that’s certainly not the case.

“I’m 29 years of age and I have climbed to the very, very, very top and with…not with relative ease…I’ve put in a lot of hard work,” he said while being interviewed on “The Late Late Show”.

“I’ve put in crazy amounts of hard work and most people do not see the wars upon wars in the gym just to get to the fight.

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“I’ve gone through strenuous camp, after camp, after camp, but still – compared to other people in the fight game – I’m still relatively undamaged.

“I’ve never been dropped. I was wobbled once. In the Mayweather fight, it was fatigue – I wasn’t wobbled, I didn’t see stars once.

“The only time I was ever wobbled once in a contest was in the Diaz 1 fight. And that’s it…it’s the only heavy shot I’ve ever taken.

“I’ve continued to climb and I’m still very young in the game. Although I’ve climbed to the top, I’m still very young from a damage-taking standpoint, so I will continue to see where it goes.”

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The popular lightweight is expected to take on the UFC’s interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson when he makes his return to the octagon, but he’s got no idea as to when he might look at retirement.

“I could cut it off yesterday, you know what I mean?

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“I don’t really have a date and a time and an age because I use it from a damage-taking standpoint.

“How many blows have I taken? That’s the true danger in combat sport.”