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Conor McGregor is set to return to the Octagon for the first time in two years as  UFC President Dana White announced his new fight on Twitter. McGregor will take on fellow lightweight pugilist Michael Chandler after 'The Ultimate Fighter' season and the pair are set to be coaches in the next season. 

The new season of TUF will kick off on May 30 to August 15, after which the McGregor vs. Chandler bout will take place on pay-per-view. No date or location for the event has been confirmed yet. The 'Notorious' one has been on TUF previously and was pitted against Urijah Faber in season 22. Whereas this will be Chandler's first appearance as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter.

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McGregor has been a UFC stalwart as he became the first fighter to hold two separate weight division titles in concurrently. The Irish-born also has the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, as he just needed 13 seconds to finish off  Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt in 2015. But since then 34-year-old has lost two straight and three of his last four fights. 

Whereas Chandler is a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion. The Missouri native joined UFC as a free agent in 2021 and has already faced some top fighters in the promotion's lightweight division. Chandler, in his last fight, lost to Poirier at UFC 281 in November and has suffered defeats in three of four including a knockout in May against Tony Ferguson.

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