UFC News 2016: Conor McGregor Leaving MMA For Boxing?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 12/01/16 01:00PM EST
Conor McGregor was recently issued a boxing license in the state of California
UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor takes part in UFC 205 Open Workouts at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City.(Photo : Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been given a new opportunity in his fighting career, and it is outside the realm of mixed martial arts.

On Monday, "The Notorious" was stripped of his world featherweight title upon the UFC's decision, when he failed to defend the said belt for almost an entire year. But on Wednesday, he was issued a boxing license in the state of California.

The reports first surfaced online, but was later confirmed by MMA Junkie. And according to California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster, McGregor was indeed qualified for a license, and a federal ID that goes along with it.

"He's qualified [as a boxer]. I'd love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We're happy to license him. We're happy he's a California fighter," Foster said in an interview with MMA Fighting after the news broke.

McGregor apparently does not only intend to fight in the state of California, as he is also getting himself licensed in the other US states. But as noted in a report by FloCombat, what would be put in question would be whether he will be covered by the Ali Act applies, since it only applies to professional boxers, not mixed martial arts fighters.

With the sudden turn of events, talks about a possible super fight against former pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather has resurfaced. The said talks had died down in September, when Floyd Jr. himself said he wanted to "move on" from the said idea. However, the conversation was once again brought to the table when the two men began trading verbal shots at each other after McGregor's win at UFC 205.

For Mayweather, being mentioned in the same light as McGregor is a form of "total disrespect" for him. McGregor, meanwhile, egged on "Money May" once again, challenging him to a "real fight" and not under boxing rules. He was asking for $100 million to make it happen.



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