Conor McGregor Told to “Find a New Way to Earn” As Emotional Confession on UFC Return Fails to Convince Fans

Published 10/30/2023, 9:44 AM EDT

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Conor McGregor has been out of the ring for the past two years after he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. And while he was slated to make his comeback in December this year, USADA regulations poured cold water on those plans.

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However, as the anti-doping body and UFC head for a split (in part due to McGregor), the coast for ‘Notorious’ comeback seems clear. And the Irishman is raring to return as he revealed in an interview he gave in Saudi Arabia, where he was to attend the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou crossover super-fight.

Conor McGregor pleads for a date to be set for his comeback

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In an interview, Conor McGregor got emotional when talking about his absence from the octagon. He pointed out that he was being kept from earning his livelihood and expressed his frustration over it. He pleaded to be allowed to resume his job and pleaded for a date to make his comeback. McGregor’s revelation of an April announcement most probably means that he will come back on the UFC 300 mega card. However, it is clear the Dubliner would like it to be earlier, as indicated by his statement.

 

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I’ve been kept from my living for almost three years now. Understand that. I came through what I came through. I’m sitting on an injury and a loss. Imagine what that [does]. You hear what Alexander Volkanovski said — I relate. I must return to my way of living. This is my job. So it’s beyond frustrating and hopefully we can back [in April]. I just want the date. Give me the date, please. That’s it,” an emotional McGregor said.

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Fans react to Conor McGregor’s emotional outburst

Fans took to the comments section and reacted to McGregor’s emotional plea. Here are some of the comments they wrote on it.

One fan advised him to find another livelihood:

“Find a new way to earn. Fighting is over”

Another felt he would lose on the comeback and announce retirement:

“Loses first fight back n retires again. Guaranteed”

Another felt McGregor was already among the greatest fighters in UFC history:

“He got the two belts first ever he’s got nothing left to prove. Top 5 all time during his run”

Another felt his last real win came seven years ago:

“His last real win was 7 years ago. Washed up cerone doesn’t count”

One fan simply didn’t care for McGregor anymore:

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“Better fighters than him are active right now. Don’t care.”

Another agreed with this sentiment:

“Really tired of hearing from Conor”

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McGregor remains the most popular mixed martial artist in the sport’s history. His popularity, quite simply, is bigger than the sport as ‘Mac’ has become popular in the mainstream consciousness. Even UFC heavyweight champion, Jon Jones credits the Irishman for fast-forwarding the sport ten years. And while a section of fans have turned against him, his comeback would undoubtedly be a huge event. What do you think about McGregor’s emotional outburst? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Kanishk Thakur

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Kanishk Thakur is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Kanishk owes his love for MMA to the fan-favorite UFC commentator Joe Rogan, whose discussions of the sport on his podcast nudged him into following MMA. An experienced senior content writer, Kanishk’s passion for the sport was solidified after exploring the infamous Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov rivalry and its eventual culmination at UFC 229.
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Yeswanth Praveen

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