Earlier in 2023, UFC President Dana White presented fans with the surprising news of the Irishman’s return. It was told that the Irishman will first be a part of TUF season 31 as a coach against Michael Chandler. It was originally planned that Conor McGregor would be fighting Chandler after the TUF season ends.
But to compete, McGregor must first clarify his status with USADA. The current law states that a fighter who exits the testing pool must re-enter it for six months before fighting. USADA issued a statement earlier in May that encouraged Conor McGregor‘s fans.
According to the announcement, USADA was anticipating McGregor’s papers to reapply for drug testing. However, there has been an unsettling silence over McGregor’s position with USADA since that initial announcement. No new information or statements have been released as of today. McGregor’s position with USADA is unknown; if he does not comply now, the fight appears to be off the table until 2024.
Conor McGregor is optimistic about his return to the octagon
In a recent video shared by All Out Fighting McGregor firmly asserted that a showdown with Chandler is inevitable. Conor said, “Yes, it has to be. Has to be. Chandler, sit down and wait and shut your mouth, yeah? The Mac will be here soon”.
These two fighters’ paths crossed as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 31 this year, with their respective proteges securing victories in the lightweight and bantamweight divisions. Although a 2023 showdown between McGregor and Michael Chandler was initially anticipated, it seems like a distant possibility now. Despite the uncertainty, McGregor maintains hope for the targeted 2023 date.
Fans appear to be rejuvenated by McGregor’s unwavering passion to face Chandler. The excitement, however, took an unexpected turn when UFC President Dana White recently revealed the main event for UFC 296.
While many expected McGregor vs. Chandler to be the main event, White’s unexpected announcement identified Leon Edwards and Colby Covington as the main event, leaving fans astonished and eagerly awaiting what comes next.
This #UFC296 fight card will be one for the 📚
— UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2023
The story of Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon is still one of the most captivating in all of MMA. Even though there are obstacles to get through, McGregor’s undying faith in a potential fight with Michael Chandler keeps the enthusiasm high.
Fans anxiously await any information regarding Conor McGregor’s USADA status and the probable rescheduling of this historic fight. Despite the challenges, excitement for McGregor’s comeback is as high as ever, serving as a constant reminder that anything can happen in the MMA world.