UFC star Conor McGregor vows to face Michael Chandler this summer

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By journalsofus.com

Conor McGregor could be returning to the Octagon relatively soon after making his feature film debut.

The former UFC double champion and biggest star in the history of the sport told ESPN on Tuesday that he will return to fight against Michael Chandler this summer. The exact date and event are not yet known.

“We got confirmation a couple days ago that everything is OK,” said McGregor, who is promoting his first acting role in the film “Road House,” which premieres March 21 on Amazon Prime. . “And ‘The Mac,’ ‘The Notorious’ will return to the UFC Octagon this summer.”

The UFC has not yet officially announced McGregor’s return. McGregor vs. Chandler has been planning for a long time, dating back to last year when they coached opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. McGregor previously said the fight would take place at UFC 303 on June 29.

Chandler has frequently called out McGregor publicly, including on last month’s episode of WWE’s “Monday Night Raw.” The UFC and WWE are affiliates under the publicly traded banner of TKO Group, owned by Hollywood media agency Endeavor.

“Shut up, Michael, you idiot,” McGregor said. “The man doesn’t shut up. I saw him on ‘Raw.’ I like Mike – I’m going to kill him. I’m going to kill Mike, yes? If I say it, I do it. …If I say it, it gets done. Lay it on me, stone.”

McGregor originally said in January that the fight would be at 185 pounds. He has fought most of his career at 145, 155, and 170 pounds. McGregor said Tuesday that he was having a little fun with Chandler over weight and that he wasn’t sure what weight class the fight would ultimately take.

Nonetheless, McGregor said he was happy to have something he could do to begin training seriously again.

“I had [my training] camping in dubai [months ago], I had a camp in Cannes,” McGregor said. “I was preparing, and then I wasn’t getting anything back. And then other things came up and I kind of sank in. But now, it is on. So, there is no problem now. I can’t dive anymore.”

McGregor, 35, has not fought since breaking his left leg in a fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021. He’s currently promoting “Road House” in New York, but he said he plans to bike through Central Park as a cardio workout and he’s already hit the pads there with his boxing coach Phil Sutcliffe. Have done.

McGregor (22-6) was previously a simultaneous UFC double champion, holding both the lightweight and featherweight titles in 2016. The Irish native has been the headliner of some of the biggest pay-per-views in combat sports history, including boxing in 2017. Match against Floyd Mayweather. When he returns, McGregor will be looking for his second MMA win in the last eight years.

Regarding his future beyond the next fight, McGregor said he has two fights left on his UFC contract. He would like to fight Chandler and then his old rival Nate Diaz at the UFC’s Mexican Independence Day card in September, which is planned as the first combat sports event at the Sphere in Las Vegas.

“I think this is absolute perfection of a fight,” McGregor said of Diaz at the Sphere.

McGregor said he is unsure about the circumstances that could unfold if those fights come to fruition.

“Do we sign a new deal?” McGregor said about the UFC. “Do I go? Am I a free agent? I love the UFC so much. My heart is in the UFC – my catalog, my life. I love everyone in the company and all the fighters and all the events and all the shows and the cards. “I want to keep it going. I have no idea what it looks like.”

McGregor said he is not sure what will happen after that, but he hopes there will be films as well as “more fighting” as a leading man. McGregor plays a villain in “Road House” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. He said he likes the idea of ​​playing a variety of roles in different films, like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone.

McGregor said, “I definitely think a lot of great movies can revolve around me, and unique movies too.” “There’s Stallone movies, there’s Schwarzenegger movies. Really, really there could be McGregor movies and it could be a wide range of movies, and that would really light up the game.”

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