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Irish superstar Conor McGregor gives an exciting update on the UFC return

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Former two-part UFC champion Conor McGregor recently gave a major update on his return to combat sports.

The Irishman has been sidelined since breaking his leg at UFC 264 last July during his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier. Fast forward over 10 months later and Notorious thinks it will be kicking out in the near future.

And after doctors gave him the thumbs-up for kicking and grabbing training, “he’ll be back in no time.” He said so in a recent interview with Sky Sports.

“The body is fine. We’re going to ramp up the training little by little,” McGregor said over the outlet. “I have another CT scan in the coming days and then I can get started. Once I can kick and grab I’ll be back in no time. Boxing training is going well, strength training. I look forward to coming back.”

McGregor was also asked if he would focus on mixed martial arts or boxing. Despite boxing being his “first love,” he plans to go all-in with the UFC.

“Boxing is my first martial arts love. I had such a great time the last time I was out there. Of course my return will be in the octagon for UFC – this story is far from over, it’s just being written, it’s just the beginning. But in boxing I will definitely be gracing the square circle again in the future.”

It’s still unclear when McGregor will return to the cage, whether it will be later this year or early next year. However, he recently expressed interest in a possible scrap with lightweight contender Michael Chandler.

Chandler scored a sensational headbutt KO of Tony Ferguson on May 7 at UFC 274. During his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, the former multiple Bellator 155-pound champion challenged McGregor to fight at 170 pounds.

“I have a guy in mind,” Chandler said during the show. “Conor McGregor! You have to come back and fight someone. I’m the most entertaining lightweight on the planet. But I want to up the ante, Conor. I want you in your greatest form. I want you at your worst and I want you at your best.

“You and me at 170!”

A little later, Notorious responded to Chandler’s challenge.

“I’d have a nice knock off this guy, no doubt about that,” McGregor wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “A fireworks spectacle. I also like the 170 scream. Knocked him over. I’m definitely ready to fight this guy at some point in my career. I see it happening after tonight. Congratulations on a solid win Michael and another barnstormer.”

Notorious endured rough times in the Octagon after becoming the 2016 doubleweight champion. He is 1-3 since hoisting both the lightweight and featherweight belts at UFC 205.

His only win came over Donald Cerrone during their welterweight headlining at UFC 246 in January 2020. During that recent run, McGregor has suffered two TKO losses to Poirier as well as a neck-curbel submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor has a professional record of 22-6 and is ranked 8th in the official UFC lightweight rankings.

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