Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

Conor McGregor makes six-word return statement after Dana White discusses return timeline | UFC | Sport


Conor McGregor has claimed to be “gearing up” to make his return to the cage.

The Irishman hasn’t fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last October, suffering a fourth-round submission loss to his successor at the summit of the lightweight division.

The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion was in negotiations to return to the Octagon in the summer, though a broken hand scuppered plans for him to fight Justin Gaethje at Madison Square Garden in July.

Over the last few weeks, the 31-year-old has dropped numerous hints he’ll be back in action later this year.

That notion has been shot down somewhat by UFC president Dana White, who expects the promotion’s poster boy to return early next year.

Despite the uncertainty over when he’ll fight again, McGregor is still hard at work in the gym.

And in a recent Instagram post advertising Reebok’s new winter collection, he declared to the world he’s ‘gearing up for the next challenge.’

Unlike his first hiatus, the lightweight division has moved on during McGregor’s absence – with Nurmagomedov defending his title against Dustin Poirier earlier this month.

A rematch with the Russian is top of McGregor’s wish list but is unlikely to materialise, unless former interim 155lb champion Tony Ferguson is able to face ‘The Eagle’ later this year or early next.

According to White, the winner of November’s eagerly-anticipated clash between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz – which headlines UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden – is in contention to welcome ‘The Notorious’ back to action.

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh, however, would like to see former lightweight king Frankie Edgar standing across McGregor in the cage next.

“I think him and Frankie Edgar would be a great fight,” he told The Mac Life. “I think it was in the works when Conor was kind of going on that featherweight tear.

“He’s an ex-champion, great fighter. Yeah, if it was me, I would love to see the Frankie Edgar fight this year if possible. And then go on another run in 2020.”

He added: “Frankie has a style that’s very difficult to deal with. But it’s also one we’re somewhat familiar with.

“Even from his first fight with [Marcus] Brimage. This small, fast guy, quick hands, wrestling.

“But Frankie’s just been in there with everybody. World champion, beaten legends like B.J. Penn and so on. I just think that’s a great match for the fans and for me. I’d love to see it.”



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