Ever since his circus sideshow boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, people have been asking the same question: when (and who) will Conor McGregor fight next? After all, he is still the UFC Lightweight champion and hasn’t defended the belt a single time since winning it in November 2016.

We have plenty of thoughts on McGregor’s next possible opponent, but UFC president Dana White seems frustrated with the lack of activity from McGregor. The company has already stripped him of the Featherweight title he won in December 2015 after he failed to defend it a single time, busying himself with a pair of fights against Nate Diaz at welterweight instead.

Even more interesting is that the UFC has booked Tony Ferguson versus Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 7 at UFC 223, and advertised that fight being for the “Undisputed” (and not Interim) Lightweight Championship. McGregor, as you would expect, definitely disputes that.

McGregor took to Instagram on Thursday to make some comments about his future, including an interesting claim that the UFC actually turned him down when he (allegedly) offered to step in and fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 when Featherweight champion Max Holloway had to pull out with an injury.

Full text of the caption, in case you can’t see it (or if McGregor deletes it):

I am fighting again. Period.

I am the best at this.

I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.
I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game.

Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.
On top of the fighting.

I am here.
It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.

Yours sincerely,
The Champ Champ™

First of all, it’s the first definitive claim from McGregor that he plans to fight in the UFC again. Some have speculated that he would retire after the huge payday he received in the Mayweather fight. The second interesting thing is that the UFC actually turned down their biggest pay-per-view draw, allegedly claiming that they wouldn’t have time to market McGregor’s appearance properly — meaning the event wouldn’t generate enough revenue to pay McGregor whatever he’s demanding for a UFC fight these days.

On the other hand, McGregor is a master of self-promotion and could be simply making it all up. According to Edgar’s manager (via Brett Okamoto of ESPN), McGregor never offered to be a last minute replacement at UFC 222.

Will we see McGregor fight in the UFC at some point in 2018? The answer is probably yes, but he’s a bit of an unpredictable egomaniac, so it’s hard to predict either way.