Conor McGregor Has Claimed His UFC Comeback

article below: Conor McGregor has claimed that his UFC comeback against Michael Chandler is “all systems go” for this summer, just days after hitting out at the promotion.

Conor McGregor has teased a potential blockbuster announcement ahead of UFC 300’s pre-fight press conference this week.

It’s officially UFC 300 fight week as the promotion’s historic event goes down on Saturday from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Three massive title bouts feature on the stacked card, including Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill, Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan as well as the BMF showdown between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway.

Fans have reacted with deep concern about an interview conducted by UFC legend Conor McGregor promoting his new movie.

The 35-year-old McGregor has a part in a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze classic Road House alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Pair has been busy promoting the movie, and it’s an interview the pair did with Sports Illustrated that has set off the worries McGregor.

You can read below what McGregor said in parts of the interview when he repeated himself and appeared to stick to a couple of rehearsed comments.

But of more significant concern were the mannerisms you can see in the clip above: constantly shrugging his shoulders, stuttering, blinking repeatedly and sometimes struggling to get his words out.

McGregor was asked about Gyllenhaal’s ability to show realism as a fighter in the movie, to which he replied: “Jake’s a consummate professional, 75 films made, you know, I’m blessed to have entered into the movie alongside him.

“He was patient with me, guided me, and I just took it.

“We had a good rapport on set; he has 75 movies made, I have 75 barfights made, and that’s was it; we had some good back and forth.”

Gyllenhaal seemed totally unperturbed by McGregor’s state, laughing and joking with the UFC veteran, recalling how he had to tell the Irishman not to take the fight scenes too seriously.

“Sometimes I had to remind him,” Gyllenhaal said.

“I landed one punch, and he hit me with a door,” McGregor replied. “Other than that, it was perfect.

“Amazing stunt team. They were phenomenal with us, they gave us free rein, and we’ve done a good job.”

The interviewer also asked McGregor about any difficulties he experienced with the fight scenes.

“For me, what was hard was that it was time-consuming. I had 18 hours on set and very little rest, and it was strange to me,” he managed to get out.

“But the fight scenes, I was happy to give my input, my all, and Jake, as I said, is a consummate professional.

“We’ve done a good job.”

The outpouring was intense on social media after fans saw the video featuring the fighter, who holds a 22-6 record and is a former two-division UFC champion but hasn’t fought since 2021.

“This is very sad to see,” was one comment. “Always wished the best for Conor for the years of entertainment he gave us.”

“This is legitimately sad, I hope he gets the help he needs,” wrote another.

“We will probably never see Conor in a fight again,” added another.

“That was disturbing to watch,” wrote a fourth.

McGregor has been out of action since July 2021, when he broke his leg in round one against Dustin Poirier, losing his second straight fight to the American.

After years out of the sport and among several mooted fights that never materialised, McGregor finally announced on January 1 that he would make his UFC return on June 29 against Michael Chandler.

Holding a glass of red wine, McGregor said: “Ladies and gentlemen, a happy New Year to you all.

“I’d like to announce the return date for myself, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, for the most remarkable comeback of all time will take place in Las Vegas for International Fight Week on June 29.

“Come a little closer … and the opponent is Michael Chandler. And the weight, Mr Chandler, 185 pounds (84kg).”

Conor McGregor Has Claimed His UFC Comeback

Conor McGregor has claimed that his UFC comeback against Michael Chandler is “all systems go” for this summer, just days after hitting out at the promotion.

McGregor has not fought since July 2021, when he suffered a broken leg against Dustin Poirier, and his planned return against Chandler has faced numerous delays since its announcement in February 2023. McGregor, 35, promotes the remake of Road House, which stars the Irishman and will be released on Amazon Prime on Thursday (21 March). During a string of media appearances relating to the film, the former dual-weight champion has criticised the UFC over a “lack of transparency” around his return – but McGregor has now shared “great news”. 

“We got confirmation a few days ago that it’s all systems go, and ‘The Mac’, ‘The Notorious’ will be returning to the UFC Octagon this summer,” McGregor told ESPN on Tuesday (19 March).

McGregor also confirmed that Chandler would be his next opponent, adding: “Shut up, Michael, you f***ing imbecile. The man doesn’t shut up. I saw him on [WWE] Raw. “I like Mike, [but] I’m going to bust him up. I’m going to bust Mike up, yeah? If I say it, I do it. If I say it, it gets done. End of. Put that on my [grave]stone.” McGregor said, however, that no weight class has been decided for the fight with Chandler.

In 2016, McGregor became the first dual-weight UFC champion by winning the lightweight title a year after taking the featherweight belt. The Irishman has also fought at welterweight three times in the UFC, and while McGregor previously claimed that he could face Chandler at middleweight, he backtracked on that idea in his interview with ESPN.

“Come a little closer … and the opponent is Michael Chandler. And the weight, Mr Chandler, 185 pounds (84kg).”

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