Conor McGregor next fight: UFC star’s return edges closer as Dana White confirms recent talks

The end appears to finally be in sight for an announcement on Conor McGregor’s next fight with UFC CEO Dana White confirming the two had recently been in talks.

The future of the former two-division champion has been the source of speculation ever since his last appearance in the octagon ended in brutal fashion during a second-straight defeat to Dustin Poirier in 2021.

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McGregor has endured a lengthy absence from the sport following his loss at UFC 264, where he broke his left tibia and fibular at the end of the first round of his trilogy fight against ‘The Diamond’.

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“I talked to Conor today,” White said on an Instagram Live in late December.

“We talked tonight. He and I will get something figured out soon. We’re talking.”

The 35-year-old has repeatedly expressed his frustration at his inactivity and has claimed to have been ready for a return for some time as his stint on the sideline now approaches three years.

“Give me something,” McGregor said back in November while attending the crossover fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou.

“I was supposed to be back in April, I was supposed to be back in December.

“No one has ever been treated like this. For all the figures I’ve brought in this game, I sell more than all of them combined.

“No one in the history of the fight game has ever been treated the way I’ve been getting treated at the minute. They should open the f***ing floodgates for me.”

A meeting with Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has often been touted as the most likely route back, however the American finally appears to have grown impatient with the delay in finalising the bout.

The No.5 ranked lightweight contender has been out of action since his submission loss to Poirier and has now voiced his displeasure about the situation on both social media and during a recent interview on Steve-O’s Wild Ride! Podcast

“I think right now he’s trying to wait me out,” Chandler said.

“I mean, because if you were him, would you want to wait as long as possible for the guy like me, who’s a real fighter, who wants to be in there, who wants to compete so that I say, ‘Screw it, I’m going to go fight someone else,’ and then he can go fight an easier fight, Nate Diaz.

“He can go fight an easier fight, Tony Ferguson. He can go find a much easier fight than fighting me.”

For his part, McGregor has often been non-committal on who his next opponent will be when he makes his long-awaited return to the UFC.

He squared off as a coach against Chandler during season 31 of The Ultimate Fighter, which led many to believe that fight was a certainty.

However, he has since called out various other fighters online, including reigning featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. 

Will Conor McGregor fight at UFC 300?

Anticipation continues to build around the promotion’s showpiece event at UFC 300 with White having long since promised an extravaganza in April. There have been just three fights announced so far.

“I did announce fights for UFC 300,” White said on Instagram.

“I told you, there’s more coming this week…There will be more fights for 300 announced this week. I’ll have a bunch more this week for 300 to let you guys in on.

“Not the main event, I won’t have the main event yet. Waiting on the main event.”

McGregor has been touted to be a possibility to headline the card in Las Vegas as he chases his first win inside the octagon since January 2020 when he beat Donald Cerrone.

UFC 300 fight card

  • Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksander Rakic [Light Heavyweight]
  • Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling [Featherweight]
  • Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage [Middleweight]

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