The reason as to why the UFC hasn’t booked Conor McGregor in another fight in 2020 has been revealed.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will be defending his belt against interim champ Justin Gaethje at the UFC 255 pay-per-view event.
ESPN has an article up looking at the fight and questions regarding it. One question was about the possibility of Conor McGregor fighting the winner of this fight in 2020.
Conor McGregor Won’t Fight Again In 2020?
According to Ariel Helwani, the UFC isn’t keen booking McGregor in a fight this year because there’s no live gate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helwani wrote, “Hard to say right now. McGregor wants to fight, but they just aren’t keen on getting him a fight because they can’t make money off the gate right now. It’s a real shame that we have a healthy, focused McGregor, who was dead set on fighting three times in 2020, and now here we are talking about main events in October and he has fought only once. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if they keep him on the sideline, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they get him a fight before the winner is ready to return. I think they should do the latter. Keep him active. Give the people what they want.”
McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone didn’t go the distance at the UFC 246 event as it only lasted 40-seconds. McGregor finished him with strikes on the ground in round one.
This was his last fight and he has since announced his “retirement” from the sport.
Ravens POV: I had this assumption for a while now and it makes sense. The UFC makes a ton of money off Conor at the live gate and they don’t want to miss out on that revenue. Plus, McGregor is a businessman and if he can’t get live gate revenue then he’ll want it to be made up in some other fashion.