Speaking at Thursday’s Fighters Only World MMA Awards red carpet, prominent MMA manager Audie Attar gave an update on client Conor McGregor’s recovery and eventual UFC comeback.
Attar made clear that if McGregor had his way, he’d already be back fighting. “If it was up to him, he’d be fighting Saturday. So, you know, ultimately, I think we’re trying to make sure we’re everything right, following all the right standard operating procedures to get him back,” he explained.
While no definitive timeline is set, Attar remains confident The Notorious one will be restored to vintage form in 2024, suggesting a Summer return could be in the cards.
“I’m pushing as hard as you can. If you make that body fast, then, ultimately, it’s gonna be an exciting 2024 for us to turn I think,” said Attar.
Most speculation points to fellow coach on The Ultimate Fighter 31 Michael Chandler getting the first shot upon McGregor’s awaited cage comeback. But Attar made sure to mention nothing is official just yet.
“I think that’s the likely component. But there’s other opponents as well. So, you know, it’s at the end of the day, the UFC is still keen,” he noted.
Of course the trilogy rubber match with Nate Diaz also looms large as an option down the line. Attar confirmed that it “definitely is one of the biggest” potential bouts available for McGregor. Though he questioned if Diaz ultimately reaches a new deal to stay with the UFC.
Either way, according to longtime confidant Attar, McGregor remains supremely motivated and confident he can reascend back to the apex of mixed martial arts.