McGregor’s friend and training partner, Dillon Dannis, believes the Irishman will return to MMA after fighting Mayweather. There’s been a lot of speculation about Conor McGregor’s future in the UFC after his highly anticipated boxing showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26.
UFC president Dana White is confident McGregor will defend his lightweight title by the end of the year, but many fans and fighters don’t think ‘The Notorious’ will return to MMA after making mega money against Mayweather.
“But at the end of the day, if you got paid $50 or $75 million would you come back to mixed martial arts after that? Exactly. It’s very tough. I have no idea why he would come back,” newly-crowned UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway said of McGregor in a recent interview.
While fans and fighters see McGregor as solely motivated by dollar signs, the 28-year-old phenom is, in his own words, ‘obsessed’ with the craft of mixed martial arts. Behind the bravado and thousand dollar suits, McGregor is one of the most competitive and dedicated mixed martial artists in the game – a fact that often gets overlooked in the MMA sphere.
McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis, who trains with the Irishman on a regular basis, believes he will return to MMA because it’s his ‘passion’.
“He can do what he wants. He’s the one that they’re all trying to get a fight with, in boxing and in MMA. So he has his options. MMA is his passion so I would think he’d go back to that but he has the option. . . At the end of the day, we’re all competitors. But whatever he wants to do, he has options,” Danis told TMZ Sport in a recent interview (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting).
Danis, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marcelo Garcia, also believes that McGregor will knock out Mayweather in under six rounds.
“I don’t think he’ll hang with him, I think he knocks [Mayweather] out. 100 percent. I believe in him. I think it [will be] a little more dragged out [than the Jose Aldo first-round knockout]. Mayweather’s a little bit better at avoiding the shots so I think maybe under six [rounds].”
Mayweather vs. McGregor is being billed as the biggest fight in combat sports history, is set for August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.