Conor McGregor insider reveals the THREE things ‘ready’ UFC ace needs to return to Octagon

Conor McGregor hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his UFC 229 defeat to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.

The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion cast major doubt over his future in mixed martial arts in late March by announcing his second retirement from the sport.

McGregor has since appeared to pull a U-turn on his second hanging up of the gloves but has not yet confirmed he is indeed still an active fighter.

However, according to a source close to the Irishman, he’s resumed full training and itching to get back inside the cage if his demands are met.

“He’s ready to fight now,” a person close to McGregor is said to have told TMZ. “He’s in training.

“Everything needs to line up correctly … opponent, place and of course, money.”

McGregor has been campaigning for an immediate rematch with Nurmagomedov but his calls for a shot at redemption have fallen on dear ears.

And Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz believes ‘The Notorious’ must win a fight first against a top contender before he can contemplate fighting for the title again.

He’s ready to fight now

A source close to Conor McGregor

Abdelaziz told ESPN: “To be honest, Conor is going to have to go out there and fight somebody like Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson or ‘Cowboy’ [Donald Cerrone].

“He’s not a worthy enough opponent right now. That’s the feeling from all of us, as a team.”

McGregor was called out by Donald Cerrone this past weekend but has yet to respond to the fan favourite’s latest message.

“I want the title, whatever that means,” the 36-year-old said after his unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta.

“Unless, Conor McGregor, you want to fight me in July, I’m ready. Fourth of July, let’s do it.”

Cerrone later added: “July fourth, Conor McGregor,” he said. “Let’s go, dude.

“Let’s go. I would definitely derail for Conor.

“But Conor’s ranked No. 2 so it wouldn’t not make sense to fight him. I would love my next fight to be for a title but if Conor comes in, let’s go.”

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