Conor McGregor isn’t permitted to kick yet – likely to return in 2023

McGregor, the two division UFC champion, has not fought since breaking his leg last summer. He has yet to return to full training.

McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier for the second time last summer. The bout was called off when McGregor fractured his leg in the final minutes  of the first round.

He’s had surgery since then. However, he hasn’t returned to training as swiftly as he had hoped.

McGregor claims that he will soon be given the green light to return to the cage later this year.

He told Sky Sports, “The body’s doing good, I’m out here with my full team. I’m enjoying the Monaco Grand Prix and then after that we’re going to up the training bit by bit.”

“I should be able to kick now; I have another CT scan in the coming days and then I’ll be clear to kick.

“Once I can kick and grapple I’ll be back in no time. Boxing training is going well – and strength training – I’m excited to be back.”

McGregor has lost three of his previous four UFC bouts. His lone victory was against Donald Cerrone in 2020. After that, he lost twice to Poirier, leaving his career in shambles.

Last month, the Irishman planned to begin mixed martial arts sparring. Unfortunately, he has been confined to boxing training so far.

Since then, McGregor has vowed to return to welterweight and has sought a championship fight against Kamaru Usman. He also claimed that he would return to boxing after a failed professional debut in 2017 against Floyd Mayweather.

“Boxing is my first love in combat sports,” he continued.

“I had a great time the last time I was out there. Obviously my return will be in the octagon for the UFC in mixed martial arts; that story is far from over, in fact that story has just being written, is just beginning. That’s where I will make my return but for sure I will grace the squared circle again.”

McGregor also isn’t in the USADA testing program so his return is unlikely to happen within the next 6 months.