By the time that Conor McGregor makes his in-cage return later this year it will likely have been more than two years since he strapped on those 4oz gloves ahead of a sanctioned prizefight — and he says that he is more than keen to make up for lost time.
McGregor, fresh from wrapping his second stint as a coach on the UFC’s long-running reality series ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, paid a visit to the New York studios of Ariel Helwani’s ‘The MMA Hour’ on Wednesday where he outlined his intentions for the year up to and after his comeback fight, which is set to be against fellow TUF coach Michael Chandler at a venue and date yet to be decided.
“For sure, I can see it moving pretty fast when it moves,” said McGregor when asked if he intended to fight twice before 2023 is done and dusted. We’re gearing up and there’s a lot going on behind the scenes and all, but I feel it will move fast. There’s no issue why it shouldn’t move fast. So I assume late summer [for Chandler], maybe a little bit later depending — I would like that. And then of course, that’s still half the year left.
“I wish for consistency. I’m working for consistency. Like I said before, I’ve had this on-off thing for a couple of years and it’s been frustrating, but be it for different reasons. But I’d like to just get past that and just get into this consistency bracket. And I feel I will, I feel I can, and I’m excited for it.”