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Maybe Conor McGregor isn’t retired from MMA after all.
In June, McGregor announced on Twitter thatafter not receiving an interesting fight offer from the UFC. Since then, he’s reiterated being finished, but that could soon change.
On Thursday, UFC president Dana White said he’s been in contact with McGregor about a potential return, although White declined to specify in what capacity.
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“We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year. He should be back next year,” White said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking about some stuff.”
Later Thursday evening, White again was asked about McGregor and continued to speak in vague terms.
“I came up with an idea a couple days ago, and I reached out to him to see what he thought, and he was interested,” White. “So, we’re kicking some stuff around. It’s not done. When it’s done, I would love to share the idea with you when it’s ready to roll. It’s just an idea right now. Yeah, late 2020 or early 2021.”
White in recent weeks said he considered McGregor to be retired. What this means is anyone’s guess, but a McGregor return would figure to be a boost to the UFC, which has struggled to make compelling fight cards during the COVID-19 era, resulting in a ratings decline.
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Despite McGregor insisting he’s retired, the former UFC two-division champion recently shared that he’d been tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, meaning he’s left the door open to come back to the octagon.
McGregor’s return, however, could be hindered by legal troubles. Last week he was arrested and questioned in Corsica for anMORE: which McGregor and his management vehemently denied.
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