UFC Boss Casts Doubt on Conor McGregor’s Promised June Comeback
The UFC’s marquee fighter, Conor McGregor, might face a longer wait than expected for his highly-anticipated return. Despite McGregor’s New Year’s Eve promise of a June clash with Michael Chandler, UFC President Dana White seemed less optimistic at the post-UFC 297 press conference. Fans are left wondering: when will “The Notorious” be ready to step back into the octagon?
As the clock ticked down on the old year, McGregor announced his intention to face Michael Chandler in a middleweight bout at a Pay-Per-View event on June 29. However, the UFC never confirmed these plans. In a recent interview with Sportsnet, White expressed uncertainty regarding the star’s comeback. He confirmed only that McGregor’s return to the cage is expected this year, leaving the identity of McGregor’s next opponent still in question.
White’s latest comments at a press conference hint at a later date for the matchup, despite not confirming if June could be a possibility. He also confirmed that McGregor would not be competing at the postponed UFC Saudi Arabia event.
Dana White stays mum on Conor McGregor's return after #UFC297
"When Conor's ready to fight, you know we'll announce it. That's what we do." pic.twitter.com/s1LJDthUzj
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“No,” Dana White answered when asked if Conor McGregor would fight in June. “When Conor is ready to fight, we will announce it. That’s what we’re going to do.”
The last time Conor McGregor competed, he faced off against rival Dustin Poirier in a highly publicized trilogy match. Unfortunately, the match ended abruptly when McGregor suffered a leg fracture towards the end of the first round.
If McGregor makes his comeback this summer, it will be roughly three years since his tough loss. The reasons behind the delay in his return are unclear, though McGregor’s eagerness to re-enter the octagon is evident. His past issues with the anti-doping agency USADA might play a role.