UFC president Dana White is hoping to see Conor McGregor return to the Octagon in the summer following his six-month suspension, the Washington Post report.
The 30-year-old was handed the six-month ban and a $50,000 fine for his part in the mass brawl with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov following the main event at UFC 229 in October.
Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov was given a nine-month suspension and a $500,000 fine for his actions in Las Vegas.
McGregor is eligible to return in April and has been linked with a clash with Donald Cerrone.
However, White, talking to MMA Junkie on Friday, admitted he would “like to see Conor fight this summer”.
The UFC chief, talking after the UFC 234 pre-fight press conference in Australia, then admitted he would be open to the possibility of the Irishman facing Cerrone.
Those two want to fight each other; they’ve both earned it.
Cowboy’s fought anybody we’ve ever put against him. We throw this young killer Hernandez at him, Cowboy’s the underdog and he goes in and does it the way he did it, then Conor’s fought everybody.
If these two want to fight, I’m down.
If McGregor does take on Cerrone in the summer, it will be the first time ‘The Notorious’ competes in a non-title contest since his bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in 2016.