White Outlines Why McGregor Hasn’t Made His UFC Return

Dana White has explained the reasons for Conor McGregor’s delay in making his UFC return.

McGregor’s last fight was against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021, as he sustained a broken leg. But following his USADA enrolment before their UFC departure, McGregor was keen on fighting this year. He announced his return on New Year’s Day for a fight on June 29 against Michael Chandler at 185 pounds.

White failed to endorse those comments, saying the UFC would confirm McGregor’s return when they were ready. McGregor hinted at a UFC 300 return, but that appears unlikely, given the following two obstacles. White stated McGregor needs an entire training camp, and there is no rush given the Notorious’ finances.

“First of all, he’s coming back from one of the nastiest injuries you can come back from. How long was Anderson Silva out when he did it? How long was Chris Weidman out? The guys who break that bone…so that’s an issue right there, number one. Number two, is Conor McGregor doesn’t need the f***ing money. So when you don’t need the money…Khabib doesn’t need the money, Khabib retired…Only Conor knows that. These are questions for Conor McGregor, not me,” White said 

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Chris Weidman was out for around two years after his broken leg against Uriah Hall at UFC 261 in 2021. He made his return against Brad Tavares at UFC 292 last year. Meanwhile, Anderson Silva was also out for a prolonged period after breaking his leg against Weidman at UFC 168 in 2013. He returned in 2015 against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Since McGregor is 35, it is vital he remains active.


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