Conor McGregor will make his UFC return next year, at least that's what Dana White believes.
McGregor has not fought since 2021, when he broke his leg fighting against Dustin Poirer at UFC 264. And while he had been expected to face off against Michael Chandler at some point this year following the conclusion of 'The Ultimate Fighter' TV show they were both starring on, nothing concrete ever emerged.
Then, once it was revealed McGregor had yet to re-enter USADA's drug testing pool, it was seemingly confirmed there was no chance 'The Notorious' would be fighting inside the Octagon this year. However, according to UFC boss White, the 35-year-old will make his return next year.
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Appearing on 'Piers Morgan Uncensored', White answered questions from Morgan about McGregor's prospective return. "Are we going to see Conor McGregor back in a high profile fight?" asked Morgan, to which White replied: "He is back in the gym, he's training, and yeah, I expect to see Conor fighting next year.
"Does it matter that he's lost a few big fights recently, does that impact upon his ability to put bums on seats, sell tickets?" responded Morgan. "Well here's what happens Piers, and you know this. I'm sure you've seen this with colleagues and friends and people that you know.
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"Once a certain level of money is attained, you know, to be the person that you were coming up, to be that hungry, and work that hard and be that dedicated to the sport, or whatever craft it is you do – money changes everything. And Conor McGregor has made that kind of money."
However, plenty of fans on social believe that they don't believe McGregor will be returning to the Octagon anytime soon. One fan wrote: "Honestly, I don't think he ever will." A second added: "We've heard the same thing a million times already.
The time for talking is almost over as KSI and Tommy Fury will bury their rivarly once and for all as they face off in Manchester on Saturday, October 14th. Logan Paul will also be fighting at the event in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd.
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A third commented: "Lol heard that before" with a fourth agreeing, writing: "Love Conor but we have been hearing the same s*** since the last Dustin fight, hopefully he comes back next year."
And a fifth said: "Once Conor McGregor missed the USADA testing window that would’ve let him fight in December we knew it was a wrap for his 2023, I don’t believe he’ll fight in early 2024 either, I’m over McGregor."
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