The Notorious has been absent from the UFC since his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, during which he suffered a broken leg. Since then, McGregor has reentered the USADA testing pool shortly before their departure from the UFC, which makes him eligible for a return this year.
McGregor announced his next fight on New Year’s Day, stating he would face Michael Chandler on June 29 at 185 pounds. White dismissed that, saying the UFC would announce his return. McGregor then teased his return for UFC 300. That has left MMA fans wondering if they will ever see McGregor return.
“I think people are assuming that Conor is gonna come back and fight Michael Chandler. I don’t think we’re gonna see Conor this year. Yeah, I don’t think we’re gonna see Conor this year. Like Dana came out the other day and goes ‘Look, you know, when Conor’s ready, you know, we’ll see Conor fight,” Thomson said
McGregor reportedly has one fight left on his UFC deal, leaving him the opportunity to pursue things elsewhere. The Irishman has been linked with a boxing bout against Jake Paul, Manny Pacquiao and even a Floyd Mayweather rematch throughout the years. If McGregor becomes a free agent, those are real possibilities, leaving the UFC with plenty to ponder over how they wish to utilize McGregor in the last fight of his contract.
“I disagree with the fact that ‘When Conor’s ready, we’ll have a fight for him. I think that’s BS also, I think right now is what you’re seeing is you’re seeing a holdout by the UFC on his contract. He has one fight left, he doesn’t want- the UFC never wants their fighter to go away with one fight left on the contract,” Thomson added