Conor McGregor says UFC story ‘just beginning’, prioritizing MMA over boxing

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All in all, Conor McGregor has reached the greatest heights in the world of mixed martial arts – but that doesn’t mean he’s calming down.

On Saturday, McGregor attended the Monaco Grand Prix race in Monte Carlo, where he gave an update on his health after months of recovering from a broken leg suffered against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.

“My body is fine,” McGregor told Sky Sports. “After (that), we will step up training little by little. I should be able to kick now. I have another scanner in the next few days. Then I will be allowed to kick. Once I can kick and grab, I’ll be back in no time. Boxing training is going well, as well as strength training. That’s all. I’m glad to come back.

There are still a few more boxes to tick before he signs on the dotted line for his next fight. While the possibilities on offer seem endless for one of the biggest names in combat sports history, McGregor is clear on which sport he will be focusing on in the immediate future.

“Boxing is my first love in combat sports,” McGregor said. “It’s boxing. I had such a great time the last time I was there. Obviously, my return will be inside the octagon for the UFC in mixed martial arts. This story is far from over. In fact, this story has just been written. It is just beginning. This is where I will return. But boxing, I will honor the squared circle again in the future.

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McGregor, 33, has competed on and off in MMA since his August 2017 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. Since McGregor lost to Mayweather, he has competed four times and gone 1-3. Two of those losses came to Poirier, while the third was to Khabib Nurmagomedov. In January 2020, McGregor picked up the only win of that streak, a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone.

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