“I’m just saying after his last interview, his last fight, Conor’s ranked No. 8, he’s[Michael Chandler] ranked No. 5, it makes a lot of sense right now."
Prior to UFC 275, Dana White announced that the opponent that “makes a lot of sense” for Conor McGregor to fight in his return to the cage will be his opponent. Last July at UFC 264, the Notorious shattered his leg in the first round of his trilogy battle against Dustin Poirier. Following his head kick knockout of Tony Ferguson at UFC 274. Dana White indicated Michael Chandler is a guy he’d want to see face McGregor. The UFC president maintained that the 33-year-old’s options are numerous, and it will all depend on who is available when he returns.
White also mentioned how McGregor and Chandler have comparable rankings, which encourages the UFC to organize a bout between the two. The 52-year-old added the former two-weight UFC champion is coming closer to making a comeback, estimating a fight date by the “end of this year, early next year.” White said on TMZ, “I’m just saying after his last interview, his last fight, Conor’s ranked No. 8, he’s[Michael Chandler] ranked No. 5, it makes a lot of sense right now. I think he’s getting better, he’s starting to ramp up his training some more and I’m hoping at the end of this year, early next year.” McGregor, who has been with the UFC since 2013, says he still have two fights left on his contract.
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Conor McGregor is set to return to the octagon in 2023 after missing a year due to a catastrophic leg break last year. McGregor’s most recent fight event appearance came in July 2021, when he fought Dustin Poirier. Poirier did the horrible damage on the Irishman last summer, winning a dreadful first-round victory against his opponent. Many people have speculated on when McGregor will return, with many projecting an autumn return. McGregor has established himself as one of the most famous figures in the UFC in recent years, and everyone in the organisation will be eager to see him return as soon as possible.