Will Conor McGregor make a comeback to the UFC? Find out the latest updates on McGregor’s future in the octagon and the speculation surrounding his potential return.
Conor McGregor, the former two-division champion, has been out of action since his last fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021. The Irish fighter suffered a significant leg injury in that bout, which has kept him sidelined for several months. However, there is growing speculation about McGregor’s potential return to the octagon, especially after his recent involvement as a coach on season 31 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
McGregor’s stint as a coach on TUF has generated a lot of buzz among fans and pundits alike. The show, which recently concluded with its final episode, featured McGregor going head-to-head with Michael Chandler, another prominent figure in the world of mixed martial arts. The intense rivalry between the two fighters has fueled speculation about a potential matchup in the near future.
While McGregor had initially outlined a strategy involving three fights, starting with a bout against ‘Iron’ scheduled for UFC 296 on December 16, 2023, his desire to fight in December has raised eyebrows. One of the reasons for the increased interest in McGregor’s return is the fact that he hasn’t been subjected to any drug testing as part of the UFC’s anti-doping program this year.
In addition to his coaching role on TUF, McGregor recently made headlines with an old audio clip that resurfaced on social media. In the clip, McGregor can be heard passionately asserting his dominance on the now-defunct platform Twitter (now X). The clip caught the attention of former UFC welterweight fighter Darren Till, who responded with a tweet expressing his admiration for McGregor.
However, not everyone shares Till’s optimism about McGregor’s future in the sport. In a recent interview with SportsLens, Till expressed his belief that McGregor is unlikely to make a comeback. According to Till, McGregor is no longer the same fighter he once was during his prime. He cited McGregor’s age, lack of training, and apparent reluctance to let go of his fighting career as reasons for his skepticism.
Till acknowledged McGregor’s past accomplishments and the impact he has had on the sport but emphasized the need for him to move on. He suggested that McGregor may be holding on to his fighting career for personal reasons or to keep his name relevant in the media. Till also acknowledged McGregor’s business acumen and acknowledged that the Irish fighter may have a strategic plan in place for his future.
In conclusion, the question of whether Conor McGregor will return to the octagon remains unanswered. While his involvement on TUF and his desire to fight in December have sparked speculation, there are also doubts about his ability to compete at the same level as before. Only time will tell if McGregor decides to make a comeback or if he chooses to focus on other endeavors outside of the UFC.