CONOR McGREGOR’s MMA career is over despite his much-anticipated return in 2023, says British UFC star Darren Till.
The 34-year-old Irishman has endured a lengthy rehabilitation period since breaking his leg in his last fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
Now he’s preparing to make his long-awaited return to the octagon later this year.
And he could seek an exemption from USADA’s six-month testing pool requirement to fight before the summer.
However, Till, 30, feels McGregor’s career has reached the end of the road.
Speaking to Basketball Insiders, he said, “I think Conor was there and made it, made his money and now he’s happy.
“I’m sure he probably wants to come back, but deep down he knows life is different now.
“I think it’s probably the end for Conor, but he’s still the biggest name in esports.”
McGregor has won just one UFC competition in six years since switching and losing in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
He was beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018 and then spent 14 months out of action.
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The Notorious returned with a 40-second KO win over Donald Cerrone before another 12 months of inactivity.
And then he lost twice to Poirier in 2021, the second of which involved the broken leg that has sidelined him until now.
It’s not yet known who he’ll face in his comeback fight, but Michael Chandler called him out in a major duel recently.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Chandler, 36, said: “Obviously Dana is in it, I think the UFC is in it – I think Conor is in it.
“We have seen our interactions in the past. You won’t see me out here badmouthing him and mothering him and tweeting him and all that stuff. That is not my style.
“I’ve always respected Conor. I’ve always said that mixed martial arts sport is better when Conor is around, so let me be the other guy on the other side of the octagon.”
Chandler continued, “Let’s be honest: I’ve fought outside of the UFC for most of my career.
“I’ve never worried about a guy using anything.
“I’m going to say that it’s just wrong that USADA — people look at things closely and look through a microscope and comb them through with a fine-toothed comb and say, ‘USADA could do this better, USADA could do this better ‘ – Absolutely, but overall we can be tested anytime, anywhere, anywhere.
“Our whereabouts are on our phones at all times. Is it a perfect system? no Will it ever be perfect? Absolutely not. Do I have any concerns, absolutely not.