Conor McGregor claims he WILL make UFC comeback in April
Conor McGregor claims he WILL make near three-year UFC comeback in April as he insists he is ‘IN’ for UFC 300 – despite his coach John Kavanagh saying he would not return until next summer
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Conor McGregor has insisted he is on course to return to UFC in April, despite comments from his coach suggesting he wouldn’t be back in the octagon until July 2024.
MMA star McGregor hasn’t fought in more than two years after he broke his tibia when taking on Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
There has been significant speculation about when he would return to the sport, with McGregor having agreed to take on American star Michael Chandler in a UFC bout, but a date is still to be confirmed.
His comeback had been thrown up in the air again when John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach, said earlier this week that despite hopes for a return next Spring, this was unlikely to be the case.
However, McGregor has now added yet more speculation after he claimed on social media he would be back for UFC 300, which is scheduled to take place in April 2024.
Conor McGregor has insisted he is on course to return for UFC 300 in April of next year
He hasn’t fought in more than two years after breaking his tibia against Dustin Poirier in 2021
Replying to fans on social media about his return, one post from McGregor said: ‘I am confident we get the set date (April). There is no one holding no one back. A lot goes on behind the scenes but all involved are working hard to make it happen.’
Meanwhile, one supporter directly asked if he would was in or out for UFC 300, and McGregor replied ‘In!’
The card for UFC 300 is expected to feature some huge names in the sport and is set to be a historic event for the promotion.
However, current heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be out of action for the foreseeable future after tearing a pectoral tendon off the bone in training last month, something that requires surgery.
Therefore, UFC needs all the star names it can get and it would make sense for McGregor to boost the UFC 300 card.
McGregor’s comments on social media come after he had claimed last month when in attendance at Tyson Fury’s crossover bout with Francis Ngannou that he was all set for a return in April.
He had told TNT Sports: ‘I’m in a great place, my body is fully healed and hopefully [I’ll be back in] April.
’I would have loved a December fight, I would have dialled in but I want to be honest not just to myself but also my fans.
’April is a lovely run up for me and I’d be happy with that. I’m in a good spot, I’ve been training – I’ve been leaving also. But I’ve been training and April seems like a good time to come back.’
‘It’s almost three years now that I’ve been left from my way of living. So I’m eager to get back.’
When replying to fans, McGregor said he was confident of returning to the octagon in April
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, claimed the Irishman would not return until next summer
However, Kavanagh had poured cold water on this when speaking on The MMA Hour this week.
He had said: ‘We were hoping for April. That was the hope. That was what we were told. And now it seems to be the summertime.
‘I don’t know [why]. That’s literally what we were having a bit of a back and forward [about] today.’
It remains to be seen when the Irishman, who turned 35 this year, will return, but it will no doubt be a huge boost for UFC when he does.
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