Conor McGregor has not been lost to showbusiness, professional boxing or the WWE.

The Dubliner's highly-anticipated return to the UFC to defend his lightweight title will happen at some point, according to his manager Audie Attar.

The agent could not confirm when, at what weight or against whom that return would take place, with interim champion Tony Ferguson the latest UFC fighter to lay claim to a lucrative showdown with 'The Notorious'.

McGregor has not stepped foot in the octagon since stopping Eddie Alvarez to capture the 155lb crown in November last year at UFC 205 but remains the company's star attraction.

He significantly boosted his profile in a multi-million dollar boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather and, despite being beaten, the Irishman's next move is a hot topic of debate, with Attar revealing discussions are already under way.

He told Sky Sports: "As it relates to mixed martial arts, I think Conor has been clear that he wants to come back and fight for the UFC. So there is no question that is going to happen.

"Who that is going to be and what is next is still to be determined. We are just starting to talk and explore all the options. But Conor is a draw. He does record-breaking gates and pay-per-views.

"At the end of the day, it does not matter what he does, he is going to have a record-breaking event."

Tony Ferguson is in pole position to take on McGregor after capturing the interim UFC lightweight strap last weekend following his defeat of Kevin Lee via third-round submission.

He said immediately afterwards: "You better come and f*****g defend that belt. Defend or vacate."

Uncharacteristically, McGregor - free to fight again in Nevada on 26 October when his medical suspension ends - has thus far remained silent on the issue. Watch this space.