Will Conor McGregor return to the UFC's Octagon in 2018?

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Last week, UFC President Dana White revealed that his company superstar, Conor McGregor, was mentally focused on securing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor has appeared absent from training as of late, but since the recent dawn of the new year, McGregor has posted a few pictures to his Instagram page posing with fellow SBG teammate Richie Smullen and head coach of SBG Dublin 24, retired ex UFC fighter, Paddy "The Hooligan" Holohan.

The Notorious' absence since winning the belt at UFC 205 has seen the creation of an interim title, held by Tony Ferguson, and led many fans and fighters to call on him to defend or vacate his undisputed championship.

McGregor remains the UFC's lightweight champion, but has yet to defend the strap since claiming it in November 2016.

It's rare you'd see a TV guy like this in the news but McGregor made him a part of the story a year ago going into his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Do you think we knew Floyd Mayweather was going to fight Conor McGregor in 2017?

"Conor's still the champion. He's back training nearly everyday now". Exactly what that is, I don't know yet.

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'I'm just happy to see him back, just regular training, ' Kavanagh told the BBC. "The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned".

Having his charge make it 10 rounds with a former world champion that was 49-0 going into the fight was no small feat for Kavanagh.

"I hear that all the time, but who the f- builds more stars than we do in combat sports?" he said. "He's making the decision on what makes sense for the next move - but it's early days yet".

As much of a feather in Kavanagh's cap as that fight was, he is ready to return to where it all started for him and McGregor.

One thing that's for sure is that Kavanagh will be pushing McGregor to compete in the cage rather than the ring.

"So, if I have anything to do with it, he'll be in the Octagon this year".

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