The Irishmen has been out of the Octagon since his leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021.
While he has undertaken extensive rehab since then, McGregor has been focused on other ventures. He signed on as a coach for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 31.
Not only that but the progress of the fight has been hindered, as McGregor did not fulfill the doping guidelines by the US Anti-Doping Agency. McGregor had exited the UFC’s active athletes’ pool to focus on his recovery.
— MMA Mania (@mmamania) May 3, 2023
In order to return to competition, he must adhere to the UFC’s guidelines, which necessitate a six-month enrollment period and the successful passing of at least two drug tests.
With that being said, the upcoming fight is now likely to happen in either autumn or winter. That has not gone down well with Chandler, who has been left angered by the hurdles.
“Conor says one thing, USADA says another. Conor [likes to] publicly be in spats, whether it be Dana here and there, sponsors here and there, people who it doesn’t even make sense for him to be picking fights with, different weight classes, different organizations, all kinds of stuff. It’s all just a big show.
“I have no problem with it being two clean tests. I could care less. If you do two clean tests, sounds to me like you’re clean.
“At this point, who am I to say what the stipulations are? I’m ready for him to be cleared or at least get that answer. At this point, we don’t have an answer,” Chandler
The sentiment on social media was much the same.
Social Media Reaction
I said it from the beginning. They’re not gonna actually fight ever.
— mike 🇺🇸 (@MikeOstrander86) May 3, 2023
Maybe never lmao, Chandler is gonna end up wasting a year of his career
— 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗹🩸 (@DaredevilMMA) May 3, 2023
Never going to happen!
— Michael Berg (@ATXBerg) May 3, 2023