Conor McGregor’s last outing inside the cage took place at UFC 229, where he challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title he was stripped of last April.
His bid to become a two-time lightweight champion ended in the fourth round of the multi-million-pound contest when he was forced to submit to a neck crank.
McGregor is currently serving a six-month suspension for his part in the brawl which followed UFC 229, a melee which Nurmagomedov ignited by attempting to attack the Irishman’s team-mate Dillon Danis.
However, that hasn’t stopped him from getting some training in during his latest trip to the USA.
McGregor – 30 – jetted over to Atlanta last weekend to watch Super Bowl LIII, which was won by the New England Patriots.
After that, he stopped off at American Top Team to get some grappling rounds in with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roan Carneiro.
McGregor posted a picture of himself and Carneiro after training to his official Instagram page on Monday night, with the accompanying caption: “Thank you for the rounds today.”
Ireland’s first UFC belt holder then posted a series of pictures of himself training on Wednesday night, two of which showed him doing crunches on a medicine ball.
McGregor’s recent training snaps have ramped up speculation he’s ready to get back into the cage in the next few months.
The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion will be eligible to do so from April 6, one week before UFC 236.
However, UFC president Dana White has already ruled out the possibility of ‘The Notorious’ headlining that card.
“No, he wouldn’t fight in April,” White said last week during the UFC 235 pre-fight press conference.
White did, however, reveal that negotiations for McGregor to return to the cage are underway.
“We have started to talk to [Conor] McGregor,” he said. “He’s got less of a suspension [than Khabib Nurmagomedov].”
White later added: “He won’t fight in April, but we’re looking at figuring out a time frame for when he will fight.”
McGregor is hoping to have a rematch with Nurmagomedov, his successor at the summit of the lightweight division, later this year.
White is open to granting the Dubliner’s wish, but only if he wins his next fight – which could very well be against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone – and Nurmagomedov beats Tony Ferguson.
“I don’t want to say never, but not now,” White said of a potential rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov during an appearance on ESPN.
“Not now. He’s [Khabib] going to have his suspension.
“I think what needs to happen is Khabib vs Tony Ferguson, do Conor and ‘Cowboy’ and if they both come out of that we do the rematch.”