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Will Conor McGregor Return to the UFC? Everything We Know

Will Conor McGregor Return to the UFC? Everything We Know

The Conor McGregor UFC return saga is still raging. 

It’s officially been over two-and-a-half years since Conor McGregor last fought in the UFC. At UFC 264 (2021), McGregor broke his leg against Dustin Poirier in the final instalment of their trilogy, which ultimately led to McGregor losing the fight and fans being left reeling with disappointment. 

Since then, there’s been non-stop talk and social media hype surrounding if and when McGregor will make his return. This is something that McGregor has continuously teased when asked about it in interviews — and he recently confirmed a return date on X (previously known as Twitter). 

Conor McGregor Announces He Will Return to the UFC on June 29 in Las Vegas

Recently, Conor McGregor posted a video to X where he announced that he will return to UFC on June 29 2024 at International Fight Week to face Michael Chandler. 

“I’d like to announce the return date for myself, the notorious Conor McGregor, the greatest comeback of all time, will take place in Las Vegas for International Fight Week.”

 

  • Connor McGregor 

 

Although this has yet to be confirmed by Dana White or a UFC spokesperson, it seems like there’s some truth to this announcement, as Michael Chandler responded on X that: 

“I always said I wanted you at your biggest, your baddest and your best. 185 would look good on me.”

 

  • Michael Chandler 

 

However, all of this will be subject to McGregor’s training camp and ability to get in fight shape ahead of June. After not fighting in the UFC for almost 3 years and now being 35 years old, McGregor will certainly have to go through intense preparation in order to be taken seriously and given a shot at headlining another UFC main event. 

Conor McGregor Next Fight Odds 

If you want to bet on who Conor McGregor’s next fight will be, you can do this using any of the major US sportsbooks. Right now, post-announcement, Michael Chandler is the favourite at +150 odds. Other potential names include Nate Diaz and even Khabib, who retired in 2021. If you’re looking to have a wager on the fight, make sure you get your bet on with plenty of time to spare. There are well reported issues on geolocation when it comes to sportsbooks and placing bets across the US. Therefore, it’s recommended you use a sportsbook well in advance to get your wager down. 

Conor McGregor WILL NOT Fight in UFC 300 

It’s now officially confirmed that Conor McGregor will not fight at UFC 300, despite rumours that he’s 100% ready to fight. Regarding McGregor’s planned UFC 300 comeback, UFC owner Dana White stated: 

“I don’t know, Conor McGregor has got a lot of money […] but money complicated a lot of things. He’s just filmed a movie and he’s got to do the press for the movie and he’s got obligations with that.”

 

  • Dana White 

 

Therefore, UFC and Conor McGregor fans are going to have to wait until at least International Fight Week 2024 to see McGregor step back into The Octagon. With a history of setbacks, though, it’s entirely possible that McGregor’s highly anticipated return will once again get delayed. 

Summary 

With only one win since 2016, a Conor McGregor return needs to happen sooner rather than later. Fortunately, it seems like 2024 will finally be the year where this happens, but the exact UFC event where it takes place could change. For more updates, follow McGregor on X and keep up-to-date with Dana White’s press briefings.