Conor McGregor Eyes UFC Return In September Or October; Dana White Refuses To Comment Until ‘Notorious’ Is Healthy

"Notorious" remains positive about his UFC return but the boss isn't thrilled about it yet.

Conor Mcgregor Talks Injury
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  • Conor McGregor shared his plan to return as soon as he fully recovers possibly by September or October
  • UFC president Dana White doesn’t feel the need to talk about “Notorious” at this point

Conor McGregor remains positive about his UFC return but UFC president Dana White is not holding his breath.

Conor stays on track

Speaking Severe MMA, “Notorious” unsurprisingly expressed immense optimism about his injury and more importantly, about his UFC return. According to the Irish MMA superstar, the plan is to possibly be healthy by September or October.

“It is tough, but we keep it dialed in. I was kind of looking forward to getting the fight wrapped up on June 29, having a nice celebration on my birthday, and then dialing back in for September or October… something like that… Everything is moving parts. The injury is a nuisance. I’m not going to lie, it’s very very painful. Probably even more painful than the leg and that’s the truth. And I tell you why because the leg was at least wrapped up. I couldn’t access it. The foot is just there, it’s exposed. It’s a bit painful.

“The UFC has been stellar,” McGregor said. “They’ve really gone above for me. I’m so grateful for that because I was in a dark place. Now, I’m all right. I’m coming. I’m all right. I’m getting there again. I’m ready to go again – soon enough. I’m just very appreciative of them assisting me. I’m sad for the fans that wanted the entertainment of the pay-per-view, of the press conference and the pay-per-view and the card and all. But look, it was just one of those damned things.

It’s on me now and my team of coaches and my team of training partners to really dial it in and make sure that happens – and I’m confident we will.”

Watch McGregor’s full interview below:

Dana is not moved

Unlike in the past, White was not thrilled by McGregor’s update on his status and return target date. In fact, the UFC boss firmly stated that there’s no sense talking about what “Notorious” plans to do as long as he is not ready to show up and fight.

“I don’t know right now. Our schedule is already laid out, so we’ll see. I’m not doing anything until I know that Conor is healthy. It’s not even worth talking about. You know, what about September? What about October? He’s not ready. So why even talk about that,” White said on his UFC Saudi Arabia post-fight presser.

McGregor was forced to pull out of UFC 303 due to a broken toe. Knowing fans are once disappointed, “Notorious” has been reassuring them that he is not coming back unless he is at his 100%. McGregor has not fought in three years, following his gruesome leg injury at UFC 264.

As it stands, Alex Pereira has stepped in to fill McGregor’s spot at UFC 303. He will defend his light heavyweight title against Jiri Prochazka in a rematch.

Watch White’s full presser below:

Published on June 23, 2024 at 10:59 am
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