Demetrious Johnson believes a fight with Conor McGregor could "absolutely" happen

With no clear contender readily available in the welterweight division, MMA fans seemed certain that the "Notorious" McGregor was the man in line to take a shot at Woodley's 170lbs crown.

UFC president Dana White has already admitted the promotion is willing to allow McGregor to fight Mayweather. And while White has yet to confirm the UFC's own demands he admits that with talks still ongoing confirmation of the fight in some way off.

"I think it's progressing, but it's nowhere near being done", White said to TMZ Sports.

The Las Vegas super-fight drew closer even as Mayweather partied on Sunday with McGregor posting on Instagram that the announcement of his next opponent is coming 'very soon'.

"I was saying that they should have because you're dealing with a guy that's been out for a long time, GSP has been out for a long time, have him fight Nick Diaz. We're not even close".

Mayweather wants $100m to come out of retirement for the first time since September 2015 - a standard fee for the American - while McGregor is set to beat his highest career earnings from this single fight.

However, the 28-year-old has not shied away from talking up a boxing match with Mayweather which would be the most lucrative fight of all time.

McGregor's status in global sport has been enhanced as much because of his ferocious knock-out record as his reputation in the media, where he taunts opponents with expletive-laden threats and insults.

Then in March 2017, people started taking this potential super fight a little more seriously when Mayweather announced during his United Kingdom tour that he was officially out of retirement just to fight McGregor. "The money is what matters today".

"He would have to make 145, I would not be able to make 155 pounds", Johnson said "I would say that fight is absolutely easier to get done than the Floyd Mayweather fight". So with that said, I think that is going to be a go. So I think if there's any fight that could happen before the Mayweather fight, it would be [me and McGregor] because we do the sam s-t. When the fight is over, we each will go our own ways but we'll have our pockets full and that's what matters.

  • Julie Sanders