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“Brittle Bones”- 121 Days Before Conor McGregor’s Claimed Return, UFC Star’s Physique Sparks a Debate Amongst Fans

Published 08/20/2023, 12:57 AM EDT

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Conor McGregor has been out of the ring for two years. He has been recovering from his broken leg from his bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021. The Irishman has been the head coach at this season of The Ultimate Fighter. He went up against Michael Chandler and his team in a forgettable season that saw Team McGregor lose all fights but one.

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The finals of TUF 31 will be held at the undercard for UFC 292 this Saturday, and none of McGregor’s fighters made it. However, the Dubliner can still salvage the season and come up with his head held high. He will face his opposing coach Chandler in a welterweight bout, and a victory there would go a long way in making fans forget his pitiable season as coach. And, despite the uncertainty of USADA rules, it seems there is good news for fans waiting for his comeback.

Conor McGregor and the status of his training camp


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In a tweet on their official Instagram account, ‘MMA UNCENSORED’ reported that the Irishman has started camp for his bout against Chandler. The two were slated to face each other in the octagon in December. But, USADA rules require a fighter to join their testing pool at least six months in advance before they could fight in the UFC. ‘Notorious’ has not joined the pool yet, casting doubt on the bout being held this year.

The UFC, however, does have the authority to exempt fighters from the six-month rule if it chooses. Even though McGregor publicly stated at the Joshua – Helenius match in London that he will fight Chandler in December, the UFC is yet to make any official pronouncements.


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Fans react to reports of Conor McGregor starting camp

Fans were divided on the issue, with some supporting McGregor while others were puzzled since he had not yet joined the USADA testing pool. Here is what they had to say.

One fan felt that McGregor will get tired in the first round on his comeback:

Another referenced McGregor not having joined the USADA pool yet:

One user felt this camp will last over a year:

Another asked him to join the USADA pool first:

Another fan agreed:

One user was tired of McGregor’s antics:

Another wished him well:

One fan commented on his physique:

Another thought the Irishman looked like an impostor of himself in the picture:


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Fans, of course, are eagerly waiting for the biggest superstar in UFC history’s comeback. But, most are concerned about the UFC exempting McGregor as they feel it would be unfair on Chandler. Do you think the UFC should exempt McGregor from the six-month rule? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Written by:

Kanishk Thakur


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Kanishk Thakur is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in political science from Delhi University, his love for writing and MMA made him want to be part of telling the story of the sport. His journalist mother and love for philosophy and research inculcated a staunch rationalism in him, and the need to substantiate every statement he makes with good evidence.
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Rupkamal Sarma