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Conor McGregor Next Fight: Dana White’s Honest Answer to Irishman’s Rumored Return Leaves UFC Fans Divided

Published 02/19/2024, 5:50 AM EST

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When will Conor McGregor return? The answer to this question still remains elusive. It has been more than two years and Dana White cannot seem to provide an update regarding it. However, the UFC CEO has come clean about his thoughts on that front with an honest answer, which has garnered mixed reactions from fans on social media. What did he say?

Well, despite putting on some incredible pay-per-view events over the last few months, Dana White cannot seem to escape inquiries about Conor McGregor. White gave his take on the situation during the recent UFC 298 post-fight press conference. He admitted to the fact that he was unaware of Conor McGregor’s plans for a comeback. Claiming that the UFC would love to have him back, the 54-year-old mentioned that ‘The Notorious’ is now in such a financial position that his return is uncertain.

White stated, I don’t know [on McGregor’s UFC future]. Conor McGregor’s got a lot of money and you know, anytime we get Conor, we’re thrilled when he comes and fights.”

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He further went on to remind people about Conor McGregor’s upcoming movie, ‘Road House’. The trailer was released a few weeks ago, and hence, the Irishman could be busy with his promotional duties for his first-ever Hollywood flick.

“Just filmed a movie. He’s got to do the press for the movie and he’s got obligations with that. He does wanna fight this year. We’ll see what happens,” Dana White added. The fans, meanwhile, had a lot to say about the UFC CEO’s statement regarding Conor McGregor.

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Fans had mixed reactions to Dana White’s comments about Conor McGregor

Fight fans had different takes on Dana White’s honest opinion about the return of ‘The Notorious’. Some fans mentioned that a fighter is only willing to keep fighting when he has the motivation to make money to cater to his family’s needs, which is not the case for Conor McGregor, who is now a multi-millionaire. On the other hand, some fans also believe that the Irishman may not be able to perform inside the Octagon now since the fight game has drastically evolved in the last few years.

Comments like “Never watched a fight I liked with a couple millionaires in the ring. The best fights are when the guys hungry and needs to feed his family, after the money comes their never the same,” and “The trueth is the fight games evolved past Connor and he propably knows it that left hand just wont cut it anymore,” were abundant. 

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The fans also felt sorry for Michael Chandler, who has been waiting to fight Conor McGregor for a while now. Instead, they suggested that Dana White should give him an opponent before facing ‘The Notorious’ on his impending return. In addition to that, there were some who believe that the UFC CEO could be the reason why McGregor isn’t able to come back, which is a sentiment that the former double champion also shares.

“And Chandler just gonna sit there waiting for that fight until he turns 41. get Chandler to fight already since he ain’t gonna be fighting Connor anytime soon.”

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“Why won’t he let him fight conor wants to fight.”

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Furthermore, the fans on social media also mentioned that if not for Conor McGregor, the UFC would not be where it is today. They also claimed that Dana White’s worldwide recognition should be credited to the former double champion. “Conor sky rocketed UFC to the moon so fast,” wrote a social media user, while others commended, “Because of conor the world knew Dana” and “We all know he ain’t coming back”

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Conor McGregor is 35 years old and hasn’t competed for a long time. This begs the question if he can perform at the same level as he did back when he was active. This is because long hiatuses haven’t helped many fighters with Henry Cejudo being one of the prime examples. ‘Triple C’ lost two fights in a row ever since he returned in 2023 after a three-year hiatus. We will have to wait and see what McGregor has in his plans as fans continue to ponder about his UFC return.

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