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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 23:37 IST

Conor McGregor on the verge of creating history in UFC, could join elite list with Chandler fight

Conor McGregor could enter an elite list if the fight with Michael Chandler materializes. McGregor announced his UFC return on the New Year's Day.

Prateek Arya
Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor | Image:AP
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Conor McGregor has taken the UFC world by surprise by providing an elaborate update about his UFC Return. McGregor hasn't set foot inside the Octagon since incurring an excruciating ankle injury during UFC 264. The year 2023 was supposed to witness his return but due to a number of issues the planned bout between him and Michael Chandler could not materialise. However, with the change in year, the fortunes are also expected to modify.

3 things you need to know

  • Conor McGregor has announced his UFC return
  • McGregor hasn't fought in UFC since 2021
  • McGregor is former UFC two-divisional champion

Conor McGregor on the verge of creating history

2024 is expected to mark the return of The Notorious. Going by the words of the Mystic Mac himself, July 29, 2024, will be the date when he will make his UFC comeback and his opponent will be none other than TUF 31 partner Michael Chandler. While this was kind of expected, the aspect of McGregor's announcement that took startled the fans was the declaration of the fight being in the Middleweight division. Both the fighters are seasonal Lightweights, hence the idea of bulking up 30 pounds extra did not appear in the minds of knowers of the game. 

But if it in turns takes place, then Conor McGregor will enter a unique list. He will come in the count of few men who have fought in not one, two, or three, but four divisions.

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“If this happens at middleweight, @TheNotoriousMMA would join Diego Sanchez & Kenny Florian as the only fighters in UFC history to fight in four weight classes (only Florian won in four). Sanchez & Florian both started at 185 and went down. McGregor started at 145 and has escalated.”

Conor McGregor started out in UFC with the Featherweight division. He then endeavoured into Welterweight before getting fixated with the Lightweight division. If the Chandler Fight becomes official and takes place at Middleweight then competing in four divisions would be one more significant tag that McGregor will attain.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 23:37 IST

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