Urijah Faber believes Conor McGregor will indeed fight this year.
McGregor coached The Ultimate Fighter – which will debut in May – against Michael Chandler and the two will fight later this year. Yet, the Irishman is still not in the USADA testing pool so many fans and fighters have wondered if McGregor will even return this year.
However, on Saturday night after Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia, Conor McGregor was seen in Las Vegas and said he will return at the end of the summer. According to Urijah Faber, after his brief interactions with the Irishman, he believes that will be the case.
‘I think we see him back’
“I think so. I think we will. Look, he’s doing it for the right reasons, I’ll say that,” Faber said to The Schmo. “He has plenty of money, he’s got plenty of worldly goods and notoriety. But, there is a reason why he is a fighter in the first place and that is because he has that pitch and desire to test himself. He looked pretty intense when he was talking to Ryan Garcia.
“Hopefully, he reels it in and gets in a great training camp in,” Faber continued. “I actually had a few interactions with him and he said this Ultimate Fighter season was going to be a whole different animal because he was going to use it for his training camp and was going to be dialed in and it’s a whole new him. I believe he believes that. The guy is a manifest machine and he can make things happen and I think we see him back.”
As of right now, the UFC has yet to book the fight between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler. But, all signs point to it happening this year and if it does, it will be one of, if not the biggest fight of the year.
McGregor hasn’t fought since he suffered a broken leg during his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Prior to that, he was knocked out by Poirier at UFC 257 which was his return to the sport after his 40-second TKO win over Donald Cerrone a year prior.