- Conor McGregor had previously suggested his UFC return would be in April
- His coach, John Kavanagh, has now suggested the Irishman will fight in summer
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Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has confirmed that the Irishman’s return to the UFC has been pushed back yet again.
McGregor has not fought inside the octagon since July 2021, when he suffered a consecutive defeat to American lightweight Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
The Irishman lost via doctor’s stoppage after breaking his leg during the first round of the bout.
Rumours have been circulating regarding his comeback and the Irishman – who was in Saudi Arabia for Tyson Fury’s Battle of the Baddest fight with Francis Ngannou – claimed he would be returning to the octagon in April.
However, that appears to not be the case after his coach claimed that the original April date will have to pushed back and that they’re now targeting a summer bout.
Irish star Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC since his July 2021 defeat
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has claimed the Irishman will return next summer
Speaking on The MMA Hour, Kavanagh said: ‘We were hoping for April. That was the hope. That was what we were told. And now it seems to be the summertime.
‘I don’t know [why]. That’s literally what we were having a bit of a back and forward [about] today.’
Prior to the thrilling UFC 295 event on the weekend – where Tom Aspinall became the third British UFC champion in history – Dana White confirmed that the UFC were targeting a summer date for McGregor’s return.
Speaking to Mail Sport, White said: ‘He’s good, he’s ready.
‘He wants to [fight]. He’s got to sit out for the six months to get back into the drug-testing pool. So realistically… could be looking at him next summer.’
White’s and Kavanagh’s comments are in stark contrast to what the ‘Notorious’ claimed just one month ago, when asked about his UFC return while in Saudi.
‘I’m in a great place, my body is fully healed and hopefully [I’ll be back in] April,’ McGregor told TNT Sports.
McGregor has yet to return to the octagon after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier
UFC chief Dana White also revealed that McGregor will likely return in the summer of 2024
’I would have loved a December fight, I would have dialled in but I want to be honest not just to myself but also my fans.
’April is a lovely run up for me and I’d be happy with that. I’m in a good spot, I’ve been training – I’ve been leaving also. But I’ve been training and April seems like a good time to come back.’
‘It’s almost three years now that I’ve been left from my way of living. So I’m eager to get back.’
There has been significant speculation about when he would return, with McGregor having agreed to take on American star Michael Chandler in a UFC bout, but a date is still to be confirmed.