Fans convinced Conor McGregor will never return to UFC after viral TUF clip

Irish MMA icon Conor McGregor recently has sparked speculation among MMA fans about his future in the sport following a viral clip featuring him and Stephen Thompson.

McGregor recently made his comeback to the UFC scene by participating in the latest series of TUF reality series, where he faced off against Michael Chandler as his rival coach. This marks his second time serving as a coach on the show, as he was previously paired with Urijah Faber.

In one of the recent episodes of the current TUF season, McGregor enlisted the help of welterweight contender Thompson to mentor his team. McGregor praised Thompson, stating: “Wonderboy’ is one of the best distance practitioners in the game. He’s a phenomenal athlete, a phenomenal technician.”

During an interaction, Thompson attempted to engage McGregor in coaching activities. However, the Irishman seemed disinterested. Thompson asked McGregor, “You’re going to help me coach today?”

McGregor’s response was quite telling, and it raised concerns among UFC fans across social media platforms.

One user on Twitter expressed doubt about McGregor’s readiness to compete, stating: “This guy seems in no condition to compete.”

Another user suggested a matchup between Thompson and Chandler at 170 pounds. He wrote: “Just give us Wonderboy vs chandler at 170.”

A third user said McGregor’s involvement in TUF was just a publicity stunt, and a match with Chandler was unlikely to materialize. He wrote: “TUF was a PR stunt for Conor. nothing more. The fight with Chandler ain’t happening.”

Adding to the uncertainty surrounding McGregor’s future, a fourth user commented: “LOL Conor was never there.”

Since suffering a crushing defeat against Dustin Poirier in July 2021, McGregor has been anticipated to make a return to the Octagon for a showdown with Chandler. However, Chandler has raised doubts about the match by stating that McGregor has not entered the USADA pool.

In a video shared on social media, Chandler expressed his skepticism by saying: “You guys have all seen the news: Conor’s not in USADA. One hundred and seventy-nine days left until 16 December, which is supposed to be the last pay-per-view of the year.”

“And comically, USADA shows up at my door today to add insult to injury.”