Conor McGregor is still training for his eventual UFC return.
It has been over a year since the last time former UFC champion Conor McGregor stepped foot in the Octagon. Although he is not slated for a return anytime soon. The Irish superstar is still teasing his comeback on social media.
McGregor is one of the biggest MMA stars in the world. He has been able to transcend his stardom from inside the cage to other business ventures. Recently he just completed filming his first film and could be looking to make his way back to fighting. McGregor is not currently in the U.S Anti-Doping Agency testing pool that all active fighters must be a part of and therefore must rejoin for at least six months before competing. That puts McGregor’s return until next year at least and fans and other fighters are eager to see him back.
Conor McGregor seems to be focusing on his ground game throughout his hiatus
During McGregor’s last fight he broke his leg and has spent a great amount of time on his recovery. He is known more for being a striker but now has been showcasing his ground game more often on social media.
“Sh-t hot everywhere. The real goat. There’s not a place I’m not great. Some of your goats can’t even kick. Watch my wrist work here. At some points you see my opponent has the illusion of the control of my wrist but I use this silliness to open doors with it,” he wrote on Instagram. “I open the door to go right into full mount. Then later I open the door right to the rib cage for my knee to land flush. It’s using the opponent’s control of your wrist as a lever. Watch and see can you see. Leave a comment and tag your pal, the Mac is back, with another lesson on defend and attack.”
The increase in grappling could be due to the new champion at the helm of the lightweight division. Islam Makhachev is now the champion and is a very wrestling-heavy fighter. There is a history between McGregor and Makhachev’s coach Khabib Nurmagomedov that could lead to a very exciting meeting between these two.
McGregor has also been working on his bulking during his off-season. he has teased a return at 170 pounds and had the welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, in his sights at one point.