Conor McGregor confirms UFC return against Michael Chandler

The Notorious will be marking his return to the octagon after three years

By Web Desk
March 20, 2024
Michael Chandler is recognised as one of the finest UFC fighters of all time. — X/@TheNotoriousMMA

Former Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) star Conor McGregor confirmed his much-awaited return to the Octagon to take on Michael Chandler, reported Daily Mail on Wednesday.

During an interview for his feature-film debut in "Road House", the UFC champion revealed that he "got confirmation" of his return to the Octagon this summer against Chandler.

The Irishman's claims came after he previously stated that a matchup against Chandler will take place at UFC 303 on June 29.

However, details of a McGregor-Chandler matchup have not been officially announced.

"We got confirmation a few days ago that it's all systems go and 'The Mac,' 'The Notorious' will be returning to the UFC Octagon this summer," McGregor said.

Chandler has made his interest in a fight with McGregor loud and clear, following their coaching match in "The Ultimate Fighter".

He even appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment's "Monday Night Raw" to call out McGregor for a fight.

In his interview, McGregor responded to Chandler saying: "I seen him on Raw. I like Mike — I'm going to bust him up. I'm going to bust Mike up, yeah? If I say it, I do it. ... If I say it, it gets done. Put that on my stone."

McGregor also made comments about fighting Chandler on Tuesday in New York City while posing for photos with "Road House" co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Chandler responded sarcastically on social media after McGregor's comments became public.

"I'm not sure I’ll be ready for a summer fight…this came out of the blue…I’ve been out of the loop," Chandler jokingly said. "Can y’all ask (UFC President) Dana (White) to confirm this?"

Remember, the last time McGregor was in the octagon was during his fight against Dustin Poirier after which he spent almost two years out of action following a nasty leg break at UFC 264 in July 2021.

There were rumours that McGregor may face Michael Chandler at UFC 296 as the two spent the better part of last year having off-field bouts with one another but that didn’t happen as the Notorious failed to meet UFC’s policy of six months of mandatory drug testing after which White announced Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington will headline the final UFC show of the year.