UFC CEO Dana White recently sat down with TNT Sports to discuss the much-anticipated UFC 296 event scheduled for Saturday night.
The headline match features a clash between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, promising an adrenaline-packed showdown for MMA enthusiasts.
The conversation naturally veered towards the former UFC double champion, Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC). He has been absent from the octagon since his unfortunate ankle break during the UFC 264 bout against Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
UFC CEO Dana White has long been a supporter of McGregor and his ten-year professional career. McGregor has victories against notable competitors like Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez, Chad Mendes, and Donald Cerrone.
Regarding McGregor’s highly anticipated return, White refrained from specifying a concrete timetable but emphasized his willingness to support the former champion’s eventual comeback. White clarified that the decision lies with McGregor, as he will be determining his return to the UFC.
White stated: “Listen, at the end of the day, you know, I say it all the time, Conor [McGregor] is extremely wealthy. He has a lot of different options in his life. You know, when Conor gets that hunger back and really wants to come back [to the UFC] and fight, it’s all up to him.”
McGregor’s return has faced delays due to USADA’s involvement. Additionally, the organization has parted ways with the UFC effective January 1, 2024.
While McGregor’s next opponent remains undisclosed, rumors have linked him to a potential bout against Michael Chandler (23-8, 2-3 UFC). This speculated match is anticipated to occur a year following their coaching roles on TUF 31 during the spring.
As the UFC prepares for its monumental UFC 300 event slated for April, the absence of a definitive headlining bout has left enthusiasts speculating. Considering the circumstance, a McGregor-Chandler showdown emerges as a plausible choice to headline the event.