McGregor, who is unrivaled as the sport’s biggest star, has been away from the Octagon since his fighting exploits in 2021 came to a sudden halt at UFC 264. There, the Dublin native met Dustin Poirier for the second time that year, hoping to avenge the knockout loss he suffered to “The Diamond” in Abu Dhabi six months earlier.
The former two-division champion was unable to do so, falling to a second consecutive defeat against Poirier courtesy of a gruesome broken leg towards the end of round one. Since then, he’s been on the road to recovery.
But in recent times, talk of career resumption has increased, with McGregor posting numerous return affirmations and training footage. That’s continued in 2023, with the former featherweight and lightweight recently sharing a video of his introduction at UFC 246 in 2020.
“Excited for my return to the @ufc,” McGregor wrote in the caption.
Before making a return this year, though, it appears McGregor still has a certain USADA hurdle to get past. Controversy arose late last year when it emerged that McGregor had removed himself from the testing pool, leaving many believing that he’s been utilizing banned substances to aid his recovery.
With that, all signs point towards the former champ-champ requiring a six-month period back in the testing pool before returning to competition, something fans were quick to remind the Irishman following his latest comeback tease.
MMA Fans Give Mixed Response To McGregor’s Comeback Talk
As is the case with any post from McGregor given his immense following and notoriety, a host of MMA fans reacted to the UFC superstar’s latest tweet.
Many focused on the logistics of the Dubliner’s planned return, suggesting that he should focus on ‘pissing clean’ before looking ahead to any Octagon ventures.
Others were somewhat harsher with their takes, with a few even imploring McGregor to cancel his return plans and hang up his gloves instead.
Unsurprisingly, though, the band of McGregor supporters also came out in full force, with many suggesting his impending return will be the “biggest comeback” in UFC history.
Many, however, predicted more disappointment inside the Octagon for McGregor, with a number stating that the Irishman’s losing skid will extend if he makes the walk again.
Are you excited by the prospect of former champ-champ Conor McGregor returning to the UFC in 2023?