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The Irish professional combat sport athlete Conor McGregor will likely have to wait until 2024 to make his highly-anticipated return to the UFC, as per his manager Audie Attar. The Notorious One last fought inside the octagon against Dustin Poirier during the main event of UFC 264 two years ago, where he broke his tibia at the end of the first round, which led to the referee’s stoppage in favour of the American.

After making his recovery from the injury, Conor McGregor had joined the 31st season of the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) in the coaching role earlier this year, where he was pitted against the fellow counterpart Michael Chandler, raising speculation about both professional fighters taking on each other in the UFC down the road. But nothing has materialised until now, because the multi-division champion is yet to enter the USADA testing pool for six months to become eligible to compete inside the octagon.

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While speaking to MMA Junkie, the combat sport site, about the aforementioned situation, Audie Attar was quoted as saying, “One of the things everybody forgets is that Conor was one of the most tested athletes when he was competing, and we’re going about things the right way. We’re in active discussions with the UFC, we’ve spoken to USADA, and we’re going to do things the right way. That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

“The thing about Conor McGregor is, people will speculate and stories run wild that are nine times out of 10 very inaccurate and false, so that’s all I’ll say about that. But certainly, he’s looking for a comeback in 2024,” remarked the manager of the 34-year-old.

Conor McGregor might not return to the UFC against Michael Chandler

Audie Attar discussed the potential opponent for Conor McGregor in 2024, while not ruling out the possibility of him not facing Michael Chandler. He said to MMA Junkie, “He (Conor McGregor) always could look elsewhere. Everybody’s always doubting him in different ways and criticising him, and being critical. But ultimately, they’ll see when he steps into that octagon, and ultimately I think they can eat their words then.”

“Until then, we’re just going to do our thing, and go about it the right way. He’s preparing at the end of the day, and that’s the most important thing. Chandler makes sense, but so do others. But, Chandler is who he has his sights set on. We did that show knowing that that matchup would be next,” opined the manager of Conor McGregor.