Conor McGregor has dismissed any interest in a potential fight against KSI.
Despite McGregor's initial challenge to the YouTube boxer at Anthony Joshua's recent fight, he has now clarified that it was all in good fun and he has no real intention of facing KSI in the ring.
The former dual-weight UFC champion playfully called out KSI while speaking on the microphone after Joshua's victory, saying, "I know your man KSI is in the crowd, and he couldn't box eggs if he worked in an egg boxing factory. So, if he wants to get in here, I'll give him a final yoke, bare-knuckle if you want."
Although KSI had already left the O2 Arena in London at that point, the callout generated buzz about a potential crossover fight between the two. However, McGregor has now clarified his stance, stating that it was all for entertainment value and that he's not genuinely interested in fighting KSI.
In an interview with Mirror Fighting, McGregor explained, "Ah, he was there, it was just a bit of craic." He further emphasized, "I'm not interested."
McGregor also acknowledged that he keeps an eye on the influencer boxing scene but views those fights as "side hustles" compared to his main focus. Currently fixated on returning to the UFC after breaking his leg during a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021, McGregor is booked to face Michael Chandler. The fight is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2024.
If McGregor succeeds against Chandler, he plans to make history by winning the welterweight title, currently held by Leon Edwards, before his bout with Colby Covington at UFC 296 on December 16. This accomplishment would make him the first-ever three-weight champion in UFC history, a significant milestone for the Irish fighter. However, his immediate priority is securing his highly anticipated return date.