Conor McGregor Is Confident Over Returning At UFC 300

November 17, 2023
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Conor McGregor responded to a fan question on social media by confirming that he is looking to make his return at UFC 300.

The Irishman has been out of the octagon since his loss against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021, which was exacerbated by a leg injury.

And after more than two years out of the octagon, McGregor recently confirmed that he had enrolled into the USADA testing pool.

That requires the MMA fighter to provide two negative samples over a six-month period before he can compete. The timeline of this would be around April, racing hopes that McGregor could return by then. And by the looks of it, that is the plan. 

McGregor’s Return

Despite this being the case, that statement runs counter to the narrative that has been put out by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, and Dana White.

The former confirmed that April had been targeted, only for that date to be ruled out by the UFC. Meanwhile, the latter admitted that a conversation had taken place with a view to McGregor fighting in the summer against Michael Chandler

“Talked to him yesterday, too. He’s good. He’s ready. He wants the [fight]. He’s gotta sit out the six months to get back into their drug testing pool. Realistically, we could be looking at him next summer,” White revealed

“We were hoping for April, that was the hope and that was what we were told. Then, now it seems to be the summertime. This coming April [was the goal]. You probably saw the same soundbite that I did, I don’t know [what’s holding it up], and we had a little back and forth earlier today. So, are they holding him back for fight week? So International Fight Week? I don’t really know… Yeah, okay. It’s a knockback from April to July, but it’s not the end of the world,” Kavanagh stated 

McGregor Chasing Records

Regardless of when the return date will be, McGregor is aiming to come back in style. The Notorious spoke about his goal moving forward, which included breaking Anderson Silva’s record of 23 knockouts. As of now, McGregor has 19 stoppages to his name.

And at the age of 35, McGregor is in the latter parts of his career. The Irishman has already had some huge stoppages, most famously against Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo. So, moving forward, McGregor was targeting making some history again. 

“My next one will mark my 20th KO in professional MMA, so I am definitely looking forward to that! 20ko’s in mma is an incredible feat! Anderson has 23 overall so a nice aim for me,” McGregor stated

There is a huge expectation for McGregor’s return, given that he is a cash cow in the sport. But after having had such a huge injury, there are question marks over whether his leg will hold up.

And on top of that, McGregor will be expected to win in style. And there is no getting away from that. ‘Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingnews.com

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