Return Of The King: UFC Legend Conor McGregor To Make Long-Awaited Return

The wait is over.

Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon to fight Michael Chandler at UFC 303 in June, Dana White announced in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“June 29th, Conor vs. Chandler. Five rounds, 170 pounds,” White told reporters after Saturday’s UFC 300.

“It’s not something we’ve been working on for years,” White said in response to a question about why the long-rumored fight took so long to materialize. “There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and it’s all a matter of timing. Chandler is ready, Connor is not yet. Connor and I talked about this in a recent press conference. We talked about it, and he had a lot of obligations to deal with,” White said. (Related article: ‘Shame’: Conor McGregor dethrones world leader over response to Hamas hostage release)

McGregor has been busy launching his film career, most recently starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Amazon Studios’ remake of the classic film, Road House.

McGregor last fought in 2021, losing by TKO to Dustin Poirier with a fractured tibia and fibula, but White mentioned the injury in his announcement.

“What I don’t want him to do is play a game when he has a lot of obligations and can’t practice 100 percent for a game,” White argued. “Obviously, he suffered a traumatic foot injury in his last game, but he said if he came back it would be the greatest comeback in the history of the sport. If he came back and won that game, , it would be one of the best comebacks considering the injury he sustained.”

King Conner has fought just four fights since 2020, one of which was an exhibition boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. He should be well recovered from his leg injury in 2021, but there’s probably also a lot of rust to shake off. Either way, we couldn’t be more excited to see the Irish team back in the Octagon.