UFC superstar Conor McGregor says he now knows when he will return to the octagon and who he will face in his first fight after injury.
‘Notorious’ was sidelined for almost a year after suffering a horrific leg injury at UFC 264 in July 2021, but in recent months he’s been hitting the gym to get back to full fitness.
Now it looks like McGregor’s gym work has a bigger purpose than just getting in shape, as he claims to know when his comeback will be and which opponent he needs to prepare for.
After spending most of Tuesday night teasing his fans by posting things like “My comeback date is…” and “My next fight is…” but not following up on the news everyone else is interested in, McGregor finally tweeted something semi-helpful.
The Irishman suggested he knows exactly when he will return to the UFC and who he will be fighting against – but refrained from providing further details on his comeback fight.
“If you want a kick, come on up and say your bit. I always choose who,” McGregor tweeted. “Just kidding, I know who. When. What weight. Or. How does it happen. All. I see dead people.”
During his downtime, McGregor has targeted fights with a bunch of different people.
Immediately after his injury, he wanted to go back with Dustin Poirier, but talk of a fourth fight between the two men quickly faded.
The 33-year-old then began calling for an immediate shot at the lightweight title despite going on a two-fight losing streak.
Fight fans don’t like the idea, but it seems athletes do, with top contender Michael Chandler and recently stripped champ Charles Oliveira both calling out McGregor at UFC 274 earlier this month. -this.
However, it now looks like the biggest star in MMA history will return to welterweight after putting on some serious bulk in his spare time.
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McGregor recently set his sights on 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman. Still, this match looks unlikely as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ are due to defend against Leon Edwards later this year.
The most logical returning opponent for McGregor seems to be Nate Diaz.
After two epic fights, they’re tied 1-1 and a tiebreaker trilogy bout would be huge for the UFC, but both men have distanced themselves from the fight in recent months.
Diaz in particular is against the fight because it means he should sit out until McGregor is ready rather than battling his UFC contract and exploring the lucrative free agency market.