Dana White delivers bad news for Conor McGregor fans

The Notorious was aiming to mark his much-awaited return at UFC 300

By Web Desk
February 08, 2024
Conor McGregor last competed inside the octagon in 2021. — X/TheNotoriousMMA

Dana White announced that Conor McGregor will have to continue waiting to mark his much-awaited return to UFC.

White confirmed that the Notorious is now scheduled to make his comeback in autumn this year, disappointing fans who had hoped for McGregor to headline UFC 300 or return by summer at the latest.

This week, McGregor expressed his frustration on Instagram regarding the lack of progress on his return, delivering a clear message to his employers.

When questioned about McGregor's return, White informed Pat McAfee: "Eventually. Hopefully this year. There is no date. I'm hoping for the fall. [Hopefully] we get it done in the fall."

Despite that, White's statement does not guarantee McGregor's autumn return. By then, it will have been over three years since the Irishman last competed in the octagon, facing Dustin Poirier in a trilogy where he suffered a leg injury in the first round.

McGregor appeared eager to return for some time, teasing a fight day in a video at the end of last year, informing his fans that he would be fighting Chandler at middleweight in June.

However, White dismissed this in an interview, leaving many fans uncertain about the situation behind the scenes.

Despite McGregor sharing regular training videos and fully recovering from his leg injury, uncertainties persist.

Recently, he even hinted at headlining the historic UFC 300 card on April 17, writing: "McGregor on 300 seals the deal." Chandler responded: "I accept, see you soon."

With UFC 300 already anticipated to be a significant event and International Fight Week in June promising a grand spectacle, it is possible that the MMA promotion intends to spread out their major pay-per-view cards this year.

However, the UFC 300 card still lacks a headliner and requires a showpiece fight to bring it all together on what is already a stacked event.

It will be intriguing to see whom White and Co select, now that hopes of a McGregor comeback in April have been dashed.