UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor hasn’t been in the Octagon since defeating Eddie Alvarez to win the gold at UFC 205.
After the enormous pile of cash he earned for the super fight with Floyd Mayweather this past August, one thing McGregor doesn’t have to fight for is the money.
"It is not necessarily a money thing for me. I am passionate about fighting,” McGregor said to Sky Sports. “Fighting is what I love to do. I will continue to do it as long as I am healthy and willing to put in the work that it takes to do. I will not be stupid though. I will not notice things about myself and then continue to do it like many others before me. It is a dangerous, ruthless business and I am aware of that. Thankfully I am in a position of great wealth. I do not need to do it. I am doing it for the love of it.”
Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) records state that McGregor made $30 million guaranteed for the super fight, but that number could have risen due to pay-per-view sales and other things surrounding the event.
McGregor also gauges how much damage he has taken throughout his career, which helps determine if the competitor will continue to fight.
"I always look at the end from a damage-taken standpoint," McGregor said. "How much damage have I taken? How is my brain? How is my mental health? How is my physical body? How is my training? How is my preparation? How is my hunger for it? That is where I gauge how long I will do it and there is still a lot left in me.”
The Irishman has stated in a recent interview that he will fight again, but neglected to name an opponent or event.