Conor McGregor has claimed that ‘December is back on the table’ as he seems to pin down a date for his UFC return.
It was introduced in February that McGregor would struggle Michael Chandler this 12 months, although no date, location or weight class was confirmed for the bout.
The fighters squared off as coaches on the UFC tv present The Ultimate Fighter this summer time, however their very own conflict seemed no additional to materialising. McGregor, 35, then mentioned on Sunday that the struggle wouldn’t happen in 2023 in any case.
The Irishman has already made an about-turn, nonetheless, writing on X on Tuesday (22 August): “December is back on the table! Ready in both stances.”
At the same time, American Chandler wrote on Instagram, “Day 1,” whereas posting footage of himself coaching.
The greatest hurdle to a struggle between the 37-year-old and former champion McGregor has been the latter’s absence from the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool.
In order to compete, fighters should: be within the pool for six months; return two destructive take a look at outcomes; and return zero positives. As such, McGregor just isn’t eligible to struggle till February 2024, except he’s granted an exemption.
McGregor has not fought since breaking his leg in a second straight loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, whereas Chandler’s final struggle was a submission defeat by Poirier in November 2022.
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