Darren Till believes Conor McGregor won’t fight again.
In July 2021, McGregor suffered a severe leg injury while fighting Dustin Poirier in his latest Octagon appearance. Over the last two years, ‘The Notorious’ endured an extended recovery process before struggling to be granted eligibility by USADA.
McGregor’s plan is to make his Octagon return in December of this year or early 2024. With that said, his inability to rejoin the USADA drug-testing pool has some fans and fighters questioning if he’s serious about fighting again.
During an interview with Sportslens, former UFC middleweight Darren Till had this to say about McGregor’s situation:
“Conor’s never coming back, in my opinion…Conor’s struggling to letting go, that’s why he’s struggling, mate. He doesn’t want to let it go. But it’s time to let it go. He’s older, he doesn’t train like he used to. He’s got the money. He’s got his beautiful kids. The only problem with Conor right now is he just doesn’t want to let it go. There’s gonna come a day where he gonna go, do you know what, I’m fighting with myself here, I need to let it go.”
Earlier this year, Conor McGregor coached The Ultimate Fighter Season 31 against Michael Chandler. ‘The Notorious’ is expected to be fighting Chandler in his Octagon return, which has been confirmed by UFC president Dana White. The question is, when will the must-see matchup be scheduled?
December is back on the table!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 22, 2023
Darren Till provides optimism toward Conor McGregor’s potential Octagon return
Conor McGregor has never publicly voiced concern for his Octagon return. Therefore, some fans and fighters may be underestimating ‘The Notorious’ and his dedication to fighting again. During the same interview with Sportslens, Darren Till provided optimism for McGregor’s fighting career by saying:
“Maybe he’s going to come back and prove us all wrong…He might just not be ready in terms of testing or maybe he just wants to keep his name out there and he’s thinking in terms of next year. It’s tough to know. He’s a smarter businessman than most of us, so you have to trust him in what he’s doing.”
Darren Till is also preparing for his return to fighting. The former UFC middleweight hasn’t fought since December 2022, when he extended his losing streak to three fights with a third-round submission defeat against Dricus Du Plessis.
Shortly after losing at UFC 282, Till announced he parted ways with the UFC to pursue other opportunities. Only time will tell what’s next for ‘The Gorilla.’