Conor McGregor, the two-division champion in the UFC, hasn’t stepped foot inside the octagon in the last couple of years. In his last professional fight, the 34-year-old Irishman broke his tibia against Dustin Poirier during the main event of the UFC 264 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 10, 2021. It led to the doctor’s stoppage at the end of the first round, with the referee awarding the encounter to the American.
Since then, the “Notorious One” has been on a long and arduous road to recovery, with an innate desire to compete inside the octagon one more time. Lately, he is shooting for the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) as a coach, pitting him against Michael Chandler.
According to reports, there have been talks about a potential bout between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, but nothing has materialised as of now. Meanwhile, it is important to note that the Irishman has to be in the USADA testing pool as an athlete for six months before becoming eligible to make his return to the UFC.
Meanwhile, a video of Khabib Nurmagomedov has surfaced online recently, in which he was talking about Conor McGregor's lack of hunger as a competitor while labelling him as a professional fighter who is past his prime.
He was quoted as saying to Brett Okamoto of ESPN MMA, “Okay, if we talk about Conor McGregor, last couple of years he is not hungry. And now what happened with his legs, like never people come back and never gonna be people on the same prime twice. Prime come only one time. You’re gonna be Prime, after that you’re gonna go down.”
“This is not my opinion. This is what history shows us. When you take like this damage, you never gonna be the same, never ever,” remarked Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Russian undefeated and retired UFC combat sports athlete.