Conor McGregor has vowed to ‘slice through’ his subsequent opponent, regardless of his UFC return seemingly being a minimum of six months away.
The Irishman, who turned the UFC’s first ever dual-weight champion in 2016, has competed simply 4 instances within the final six years, profitable solely a kind of bouts.
McGregor final fought in July 2021, struggling a damaged leg in a defeat by Dustin Poirier, who had knocked out the 34-year-old six months prior.
“Notorious” has lengthy teased a return to the Octagon, although he’s absent from the Usada (United States Anti-Doping Agency) testing pool, which athletes will need to have been in for six months to be eligible to compete.
Despite the truth that McGregor will seemingly not struggle once more till July on the earliest, he tweeted on Friday (6 January): “I’m going to slice through someone on return. Trust that.
“And I don’t care who. Line up.”
McGregor has been linked with a possible struggle in opposition to Michael Chandler, who has grow to be a fan favorite within the UFC since becoming a member of in late 2020.
The American, a former three-time light-weight champion in Bellator, is 2-3 within the UFC. Chandler’s debut in January 2021 noticed him knock out Dan Hooker, earlier than “Iron Mike” was submitted by Charles Oliveira with the vacant light-weight belt on the road 4 months later.
Chandler was then outpointed by Justin Gaethje in a struggle of the yr contender that November, earlier than scoring one of many biggest knockouts in UFC historical past in opposition to Tony Ferguson final May. Most not too long ago, the 36-year-old was submitted by Dustin Poirier in November.
While many followers have expressed a need to see McGregor face fellow light-weight Chandler, the Irishman has added vital weight in current months and has not dominated out returning at welterweight. Chandler has mentioned he could be open to combating McGregor at that weight.