Last week, UFC President Dana White revealed that his company superstar, Conor McGregor, was mentally focused on securing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. And White didn't hold back when he said his fighter wanted the rematch "badly."
The two fighters collided last August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor start well in the contest, but faded as the fight played out and saw himself get stopped in the tenth round.
McGregor, inactive from MMA since a November 2016 win over Nate Diaz, earned around $100 million from the Mayweather bout - which generated over 4 million pay-per-view purchases.
Since that loss, McGregor has been taking shots at Mayweather on social media and stating in numerous interviews that he's convinced of victory if they ever met in a rematch.
McGregor is finally back in training - but nobody has any idea as to what the outspoken fighter intends to do. He currently hold the UFC's lightweight title and there is growing pressure to defend or vacate - and some of the top contenders are asking the UFC to strip him for inactivity.
His longtime coach, John Kavanagh, is planning to push very hard to see his fighter return to MMA - and not the boxing ring.
“I’m just happy to see him back to his regular training. He had a lot going on in his life, a lot of stuff outside of fighting going on in his life, and he seems to be getting the hang of all that. He’s back training almost every day now,” Kavanagh said in a recent interview with BBC. “I think 2018 will be another big year for us. Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned.”
“If you want to know my opinion, I'll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we've done, but mixed martial arts is my passion. So, if I have anything to do with it, he'll be in the Octagon this year.”