Conor McGregor’s long-awaited return to the octagon will take place no earlier than next summer.
This was revealed by UFC CEO, Dana White, in an interview with Adam’s Apple.
“We talked to him yesterday,” the head of the world’s strongest league stated. “He’s fine, and he’s ready. He wants to fight. He’s going to have to go through a six-month period of doping testing. Realistically speaking, we could see him next summer.”
Thus, White denied the information that the fight between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will headline the UFC 300 anniversary tournament, tentatively scheduled for April. Also the head of the organization did not explain why the Irishman should undergo a six-month period of doping testing, if from 2024 the UFC stops cooperating with the American Anti-Doping Agency.
Recall that 35-year-old Conor McGregor last entered the octagon in July 2021, suffering a severe leg fracture in his third fight against Dustin Porier, and 37-year-old Michael Chandler has not fought since last November, when he lost to “The Diamond” by rear-naked choke in the third round.