Conor McGregor’s career looks set to take another intriguing twist after reports emerged on Wednesday night that the UFC superstar has been issued a boxing license in the state of California.
MMAjunkie.com confirmed with the California State Athletic Commission that McGregor was issued the license as of Wednesday. UFC president Dana White declined comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.
McGregor, who became the first man to simultaneously hold UFC titles in two weight divisions when he beat Eddie Alvarez earlier this month, previously has dabbled with the possibility of switching from the octagon to the boxing ring.
On repeated occasions McGregor has publicly entertained the prospect of fighting undefeated and now retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather despite his lack of experience in the sport.
Prior to his victory over Alvarez at Madison Square Garden, McGregor hinted that he would unveil a major piece of news related to his MMA career after the fight. In the end, he announced he was to become a father and would be taking several months off, however, many believe he was keeping a major revelation under wraps.
McGregor has threatened to stay away from Las Vegas, the home of combat sports, due to a dispute with the Nevada State Athletic Commission that saw him fined $150,000 for prefight fracas with Nate Diaz in which McGregor hurled water bottles at his opponent.
After UFC 205 in New York, McGregor, who was stripped of the featherweight title last week, was outspoken in demanding an ownership stake in the UFC in return for the attention and revenue he has brought the company.
“If you want to come at me, if you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board, for real,” McGregor told reporters. “I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Whether Wednesday’s news was merely an attempt to gain financial leverage, or a serious foray into the world of boxing, remains to be see