UFC legend Conor McGregor announced his highly anticipated return to the octagon in a video posted Sunday on social media.
In the video on X, formerly known as Twitter, McGregor said he would face Michael Chandler during International Fight Week on June 29 in Las Vegas:
according to Ariel HelwanI am from Mixed martial arts watchMcGregor wanted to fight at UFC 300 in April and lobbied to do so, but settled with top UFC officials on June 29 instead.
Chandler responded to McGregor on X and expressed his excitement about facing McGregor at 185 pounds:
The 35-year-old McGregor last fought at UFC 264 in July 2021 when he lost to Dustin Poirier via technical knockout due to doctor stoppage.
McGregor broke his leg during the match and was unable to continue, resulting in a lengthy rehabilitation process.
The Irishman is a former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, and one of the biggest draws in the promotion's history, but he was struggling before his injury.
McGregor has lost three of his past four fights, including two losses to Poirier and a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in 2018.
However, McGregor has a solid career record of 22-6 and remains one of the greatest talents to ever grace the octagon, so a return is not out of the question.
The 37-year-old Chandler is still far from easy in McGregor's first fight, as he is a former Bellator lightweight champion and a contender for the UFC lightweight title.
However, Chandler has dropped three of his past four decisions just like McGregor, losing to Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje and Poirier during that span.
Chandler had a big win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 in May 2022, but in his last fight at UFC 281 in November 2022, he suffered a submission defeat at the hands of Poirier.
McGregor vs. Chandler was a battle anticipated and anticipated for months, as they were the head coaches for the final season of The ultimate fighter this year.
It will finally pay off next year, and if McGregor can get back on track with a win, there could be a title shot in his future.
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