McGregor Frustrated By UFC Return Delay, Wants Chandler And Diaz Trilogy

Conor McGregor has become frustrated with the delay over his UFC return. 

McGregor’s last UFC fight took place over two years ago at UFC 264, where he lost to Dustin Poirier. Three defeats in his previous four UFC fights were compounded by his leg injury in the Poirier loss. 

McGregor aimed for a return in 2024, announcing his intention to fight Michael Chandler on June 29 at 185 pounds. Dana White dismissed those comments by saying he was unsure if McGregor would return, given his mass wealth. The Notorious is desperate to return, as he was keen on fighting in June.

McGregor has been planning his next UFC move by targeting fights with Chandler and Nate Diaz. Given their first two fights, a Diaz trilogy has been well talked about. Their first fight took place at UFC 196, and Diaz won via a second-round rear naked choke. McGregor won the rematch, securing a majority decision at UFC 202. That has set up the narrative for a trilogy.

There is a chance McGregor does not get those fights. An alternative fight is a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao. McGregor’s only foray into boxing was a tenth-round KO loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2017. Saudi Arabia has reportedly expressed their desire to stage a McGregor-Pacquiao fight. The Notorious has two fights left on his UFC contract, meaning the UFC would have to consent to such a fight. But the Irishman remained hopeful.

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