Conor McGregor ‘Eager’ For A UFC Return; Nate Diaz Responds ‘Free Conor’

Conor McGregor wants to return to the Octagon as soon as possible. 

McGregor’s UFC future is in doubt, as he has not fought since 2021. He lost to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, giving him three defeats in his last four bouts. The defeat was accompanied by a broken leg. He announced his comeback on New Year’s Day for a fight with Michael Chandler on June 29. Dana White ruled that out, saying McGregor’s delay was based on a lack of urgency due to his extensive wealth. However, with two fights left on his UFC deal, McGregor wants to return. 

“I’m looking forward to getting back and regressing, resetting and recalibrating and remapping my return to the octagon. I’m eager for that. We’re in the first quarter of 2024. There’s still a good chunk of the year left. I’ve got two fights left on my contract. Negotiations are ongoing. When the promotional work of the movie comes to an end, when the St. Patrick’s day festivities come to an end, it’s isolation and it’s focus, and move toward a return to the octagon,” McGregor said

McGregor is currently promoting his new film Road House, which will be released on March 21 on Amazon Prime Video. McGregor is open to future acting roles if the film is received positively. At 35, he is in the latter part of his career. Further inactivity could see McGregor transition into more acting.

“Right now, not at this time. I’m going to regroup after all this work, I’ll leave it to the professionals. It’s hard work. It was very hard work. After [my fight], maybe next year or something, I do not know — I will not say never say never because I had such a great time, and I met some friends for life here, and I enjoyed the process. Even Amazon have been absolutely amazing to work with. Who knows what the future holds for sure in this industry,” McGregor added 

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Nate Diaz has responded to McGregor’s comments, saying he understands the Irishman’s struggles. Diaz has not fought in the UFC since beating Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 in 2022. Since then, he has moved on to boxing. He lost to Jake Paul on his boxing debut, but he has a chance to get his first win against Jorge Masvidal on June 1. Diaz understood McGregor’s difficulties. 

“This was me for years before Conor even got here they want u to die before u get out these contracts it’s up to u to make something pop no one gonna help you but you. Free Conor it’s at patty’s day in this b****h,” Diaz stated


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