Conor McGregor Would Prefer a Three Round Fight with Michael Chandler: ‘I Wanna Just Wet My Beak’

McGregor doesn't want to push himself to go five rounds when he makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon

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Conor McGregor only wants to go three rounds with Michael Chandler.

During an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, McGregor doubled down on his previous claim that his long-awaited return to the Octagon was “all systems go” for this summer. Though the Irishman did not offer an exact date, he confirmed that he is back in the gym and preparing for his first fight since July 2021. 

“I’m coming in here, years out of the game,” McGregor told Helwani. “Now, I’m sparring and fighting, and I feel good and sharp, but I’m gonna have to, you know, get my in-league sharpness. And that’s gonna have to come through the thing, so.”

As for his opponent, it’s all but guaranteed that McGregor will face former Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler. The pair have been linked together since early last year when the promotion first announced that they would coach opposite one another on the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter. 
While most assumed that McGregor’s fight with ‘Iron’ would be a five-round main event, ‘Mystic Mac’ made it clear that going 25 minutes is not something he’s interested in doing until he gets a bit more comfortable being back inside the cage. 

“The weight and all has not been discussed, I know had the little joke, the little buzz [with Michael Chandler],” McGregor continued. “To be honest, I haven’t even f*cking checked the – I haven’t jumped on a weighing scales since the fight – the last fight, since I weighed in on the last fight. I did not touch a scales. …And then, rounds. Maybe I might say to them [the UFC], ‘Look, I’m just doing three rounds, lads, for this one. And I wanna just wet me beak.’ I’ll do three rounds really nicely now, rather than pushing through to get to five.

‘Road House’ Starring Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal Premiere on Amazon Prime Video

In addition to Conor McGregor’s imminent return to action, fight fans can now catch the Irish megastar in his feature film debut, Road House. Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, ‘Mystic Mac’ stars opposites Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Dalton, an ex-UFC fighter who takes a gig working at a roadhouse in the Florida Keys. 

A remake of the beloved 1989 action classic starring the late Patrick Swayze, this updated rendition is receiving mostly favorable reviews from both critics and moviegoers. On the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, Road House is currently sitting at a fresh 68% critic score and a 63% audience score. 

By comparison, the original has a rotten score of 41% from critics and a slightly better 67% audience score. 

Watch McGregor’s full MMA Hour appearance below:

Published on March 21, 2024 at 11:00 am
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