Conor McGregor Says It’s ‘All Systems Go’ For A Summer UFC Return

March 20, 2024
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Conor McGregor Says It's 'All Systems Go' For A Summer Return

Conor McGregor says he could make a return to the UFC in the summer.

The Notorious is looking for his first fight since his defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021. The defeat resulted in a broken leg, taking his record to three losses in his last four UFC fights. He announced his return to the UFC on New Year’s Day, saying he would fight Michael Chandler on June 29.

Dana White responded by shutting down that claim, stating that McGregor needed a full training camp. He also claimed that McGregor’s huge net worth meant there was no urgency on his part to return. However, with two fights still remaining under his UFC contract, McGregor has said he has confirmation over his return.

McGregor On His Return

“We got confirmation a few days ago that it’s all systems go. And ‘The Mac’, ‘The Notorious’ will be returning to the UFC Octagon this summer. I had [my training] camp in Dubai [months ago], I had a camp in Cannes. I was preparing, and then I was kind of getting nothing back. And then other things came up and I kind of dipped out. But now, it’s on. So, there’s no messing now. I cannot dip out now,” McGregor said 

In the meantime, McGregor has been promoting his new film Road House. He stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. The film comes out on March 21 on Amazon Prime Video. It is McGregor’s first foray into acting, having previously stated that he has turned down several opportunities in the industry.

The film’s plot centres on the main character, Elwood Dalton, played by Gyllenhaal. Dalton works as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse. He is unsatisfied with the job but ends up butting heads with the movie’s villain, Knox, played by McGregor.

If the movie is received well and McGregor gets rave reviews, the UFC fighter is open to entering into more roles. But in order for that to happen, McGregor must sharpen his fight skills. Gyllenhaal claims that McGregor accidentally hit him during a choreographed fight scene during filming.

Gyllenhaal On McGregor

“We had, actually, by mistake, he clocked me in the face. We would do a take where we were like fighting, and fake fighting, fake fighting, and then we’d go watch the monitor to see it back, to see what worked, and he was always great with me.

“He would show me, tell me to do things, and like, ‘Oh, you know, turn your head, move a little bit more this way to try and make it look more real,’ and it was late because we shot a lot of these fight scenes at night. So it was like 3 a.m., and he was talking to me really close, and he was like, ‘Yeah, like that left hook looks good, but then when you do it like, boom (showing fake punch),’ and he hit me by mistake. It was almost like … and I was like, ‘Oh!’ And he was like, ‘Oh,” Gyllenhaal stated


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