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After Dana White Publicly Put an End to Conor McGregor’s 2023 Plans, Irishman Receives an Embarrassing Reality Check From Colby Covington

Published 09/22/2023, 2:18 PM EDT

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Conor McGregor fans might have to look away if they want to hear what Colby Covington has to say. The rumors of the Irishman’s comeback have kept the fans on the edge, with no concrete information. While fans eagerly await as the final PPV of the year, UFC 296, draws closer, Covington has torched a speculative fight with ‘The Notorious’. However, he believes McGregor would look for ways to escape rather than fight.

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Notably, the American fighter squares off against Leon Edwards at UFC 296 and is confident of his chances. While he has yet to step into the Octagon, he is already seeing a life beyond UFC 296, where he is the undisputed champion. Then who will be his first challenger? If Covington is to be believed, surely not the ‘Mystic Mac’ who is not ready to embarrass himself in front of the world.

Colby Covington throws shade at Conor McGregor


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In a conversation with James Lynch, ‘Chaos’ peeked into a future where he held the welterweight belt. When asked about the possibility of clashing with McGregor, he mentioned his performance against Edwards would make McGregor not fight.

The 35-year-old declared, “There is a lot of big fights after I become undisputed [champion] in December, you know. Conor is always looming, you know. If he wants to come back. I don’t think he’s going to want to fight when he sees the performance I put on. He doesn’t want to get embarrassed in front of the world.”


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Following this, the UFC star was all praise for McGregor, but he again reiterated the Irish fighter wouldn’t accept a fight against him. “He’s a great fighter. He has done great things. Unpredictable. He could do anything at any moment, you know. He’s a dangerous guy, but when he sees what I put on Leon, you know. Those guys are going to run for me,” Covington concluded.

These comments might irk the already dejected fans who are still reeling from UFC president Dana White‘s latest announcement. He recently confirmed the main events of UFC 295 and 296, but McGregor didn’t find any mention.


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Dana White’s announcements spoil it for Conor McGregor’s fans

Recently, the UFC’s social media handles revealed that Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka will battle it out for the vacant light-heavyweight title at UFC 295. Further, Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington graces the UFC 296 headliner.

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Lastly, another title fight, Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval, is also added to UFC 296. Therefore, in most likelihood, the fans will not witness McGregor fighting inside the Octagon this year. What do you think of these comments by Colby Covington? Let us know in the comments below.


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Rohit Lohan


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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for the sport that has spanned over a decade. His fascination with MMA stems from the thrill of knockouts, and he strives to bring that same level of excitement to his writing. Rohit's love for gripping stories is reflected in his articles, where he masterfully weaves together the latest news with compelling narratives.
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