Former dual-weight champion Conor McGregor is on the hunt for a new opponent as he prepares for his highly anticipated comeback match. After witnessing Justin Gaethje’s impressive knockout victory over Dustin Poirier, McGregor is eager to step back into the Octagon.
Justin Gaethje delivered an awe-inspiring performance in the main event of UFC 291. Gaethje delivered numerous strong leg kicks in round one. The match ended in a second-round knockout, where Gaethje’s lethal shin strike rendered Poirier unconscious.
Following his triumph over Poirier, Gaethje celebrated by leaping off the cage with a backflip and instantly began eyeing his next challenge. Gaethje expressed his interest in a potential showdown with Islam Makhachev, the current undisputed lightweight champion.
Makhachev is set to defend his title against Charles Oliveira at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21. Makhachev had previously submitted him last year to become the champion.
The winner of that battle is likely to face Gaethje in 2024, but McGregor is hoping the UFC 291 champion would instead give him a crack at his recently won BMF title.
McGregor tweeted: “Justin, I’ll slap you around”
He again tweeted: “I’m the real bmf, he can fight for pennies if he wants but I want spirits, I call the shots, I’m in it to launch shots, f*** chandler, you want it call for it.”
Despite his aspirations, McGregor has had a challenging time recently. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak, suffering a knockout loss to Poirier at UFC 257 in January 2021. McGregor later faced a gruesome leg break during their UFC 264 rematch.
Now at 35 years old, Conor McGregor is fully recovered and preparing for his long-awaited return to the Octagon. His comeback match is scheduled against Michael Chandler, a highly regarded lightweight contender.
Earlier this year, McGregor and Chandler filmed TUF. Their clash was initially set to occur at a UFC pay-per-view event by the end of 2023.
Unfortunately, a issue has caused a delay in McGregor’s return and pushed the potential bout to 2024. Despite McGregor’s claims of competing at UFC 296 in Las Vegas on December 16, it remains uncertain if Dana White will change McGregor’s opponent.
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