Conor McGregor wants to show that his surgically repaired leg is better than ever.
July 2021 marks the last time “The Notorious” set foot in the Octagon. Unfortunately for him, this last step saw his leg snap in two.
McGregor suffered first-round technical knockout loss rival Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight after breaking his leg, throwing a kick before falling back (see Highlights). The injury, of course, ended the fight as soon as possible, and McGregor continued to nurse his injuries before landing his first film role and recently booking his second career coaching spot on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 31 this summer against Michael Chandler. The pair are expected to fight sometime after the end of the season.
“I can’t wait to be there,” McGregor told the Daily Mirror. ” I can not wait to be there. I feel good, I feel energized, I feel ready. I throw my high kicks faster than I throw my jab, so I’m very excited to come back.
The Irishman noted that he will be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada tomorrow (Tuesday, February 14, 2023) to begin filming TUF 31 with Chandler and company. Bantamweight and Lightweight are the two divisions currently expected to feature.
McGregor’s last win came in January 2020, beating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via a 40-second technical knockout (watch highlights) at 170 pounds. No weight class has yet been determined (along with the date) for the Chandler match, but both men have expressed a desire to compete at welterweight rather than their usual weight of 155 pounds.
For Chandler, the former three-time Bellator Lightweight pivot last fought in a memorable war with the aforementioned Poirier at UFC 281 in November 2022. “Iron” lost the fight via a choke submission to the back in the third round (see highlights).
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