Despite Dana White Shutting Down Rumors, Conor McGregor Revives Comeback Talks Revisiting Childhood Gym Alongside Ian Garry

Published 09/01/2023, 8:00 AM EDT

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One of the biggest questions that has been plaguing the MMA world is the one about Conor McGregor’s return. The Irishman has been on a long hiatus amidst a slew of controversies and hurdles. While his involvement with TUF 31 guaranteed a fight this year, things seem to be a little more complicated than that. There was a fight teased some days back, but that idea was shot down by UFC President Dana White. But recently, Conor McGregor took a trip down memory lane, a move that might possibly spell hope for fans.

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Ian Garry, the young Irish UFC Welterweight, has famously made his appreciation for McGregor known. Fans have even dubbed the fighter a version of McGregor in many aspects. Fresh off his win against Neil Magny at UFC 292, ‘The Future’ will be looking forward to making his idols and his fans proud. But recently, Garry was spotted along with his idol at a historic location for Irish MMA.

Conor McGregor trains with Ian Garry at the Crumlin

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Tweets have been circulating on the internet about an important sparring session. The ‘Notorious’ linked up with Garry as the two had a training session together at the Crumlin Boxing Club. What’s even more interesting is that this location is significant for being involved in the early days of Conor McGregor’s fighting. Conor trained at the club before furthering his career in MMA.

Now, in a cozy turn of events, both the Irishmen McGregor and Garry had a sparring session. Fans all over the world took to social media to express their eagerness to be able to view what really went down during the sparring session. The co-host of the MMA show, Ringer, Peter Carroll tweeted, “Conor McGregor and Ian Machado Garry had a boxing spar at Crumlin Boxing Club today at approximately 4:30/5:00 pm. Oh to be a fly on the wall…“. Conor McGregor himself also took to Instagram to share a story captioned, “Great training today with Ian Garry!“.

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The sparring session provides hope after Dana White’s dismissal

While fans are eager to know about what was discussed, taught, and learned inside the club, this event could spell potential. In the wake of  Dana White’s rude awakening for fans recently, the sparring session comes as a ray of hope. News of a fight between McGregor and Michael Chandler was recently making the rounds on the internet. However, the UFC president shut down all rumors saying that the poster was AI-generated and not real.

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Speaking on the leak, White said, “My team was telling me it was an AI. It wasn’t real. I mean, obviously, if that was the case – you would’ve heard it from us first. You would’ve gotten a report from me on Instagram.” This means that fans might have to wait longer to see ‘Mystic Mac’ in action. But the news of this sparring session could instill a little hope in fans. Whether the ‘Notorious’ is gearing up for a comeback or not is something that we will have to wait and see.

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Rajdeep Jayan

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Rajdeep Jayan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Rajdeep was inculcated into the world of combat sports through his love for Sylvester Stallone's iconic character, the 'Italian Stallion,' Rocky Balboa. His early obsession with the genre was recently rekindled by the debates he would engage in with his roommate during his college days.
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