Conor McGregor has named himself the P4P king after Kamaru Usman’s shock loss to new welterweight champion Leon Edwards. In a tweet after UFC 278, McGregor asked who would top the P4P rankings now that “The Nigerian Nightmare” had been eliminated.
The Irishman answered his own question by stating that he’s been at the top of the P4P rankings all these years while hinting at a return to the octagon in the near future:
“I’ll tell you who. The one who always was. The one. The only one. Me fucking ******. Stay tuned.”
With the loss of Usman, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski moved to No. 1 in the P4P rankings. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ had a dominant reign as welterweight champion, with 15 successive UFC wins before his brutal knockout loss to Edwards on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is preparing to return to the UFC after more than a year away. The Irishman broke his lower left tibia at UFC 264 in his fight against Dustin Poirier last June. However, he is expected to return later this year or early 2023.
Watch Conor McGregor declare himself the #1 P4P fighter in 2015 below:
Manager provides possible return timeline for Conor McGregor
Tim Simpson, McGregor’s manager, assured fans that the Irishman was determined to get back to winning ways in the UFC. In an interview with MMA enthusiast‘s Mike Bohn, he said “Notorious” is aiming for a return to the octagon once fully fit:
“It will be…focus on coming back obviously. We’re with the UFC so…I mean the UFC is his home, it’s where he built his empire so…uh, engaged in that and then whatever the future holds, maybe we’ll go from there.”
While recovering, McGregor was cast in the remake of the 1989 action film Road House alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Simpson suggested the timing of the injury helped the former champion get on with the adventure.
Tim Simpson added that Conor McGregor is still determined to prove he is the best fighter in the world. The Dubliner was last victorious against Donald Cerrone in January 2020 and will be hoping to mark their return to the octagon with a win.
Watch Simpson talk about McGregor’s return below: