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Conor McGregor Casts Doubt on December UFC Return, Michael Chandler Addresses the Irishman’s USADA Status | MiddleEasy

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With an estimated net worth of 0 million, it’s safe to say that McGregor’s “livelihood” will be just fine whether he fights again or not. “They’re not going to let me fight in December, ladies and gentlemen,” McGregor said in a series of audio notes on X (formerly Twitter). “You’ve seen Chris Weidman [at UFC 292]. Imagine what that injury is. I feel like I’m being kept from my livelihood, and I’ve been feeling this for years. I’m not going to air grievances. I’m going to buoy down and soldier on. I’m ready. I wanted an announcement for [UFC 296 on] Dec. 16. I’ve given everything. So, it’s not going to happen. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.”

Conor McGregor’s anticipated opponent, Michael Chandler, made an appearance inside Boston’s iconic TD Garden on Saturday night to take in The Ultimate Fighter tournament finals as part of the UFC 292 prelims. Following the fights, Chandler spoke with members of the media and fielded some questions regarding his long-teased scrap with the former champ-champ. 

Chandler also addressed the issue of McGregor’s status with USADA. Specifically, the fact that the Irishman has not yet re-enrolled with USADA, essentially leaving their fight up in the air.

“To me, as long as a man is in the USADA testing pool for months on end and he has the ability to be tested every single day or multiple times a day for a certain period of time… That to me is a very interesting gray area. Ultimately, I am out here and I can fight Conor with one day in the USADA testing pool or a year in the USADA testing pool. It’s not going to make a difference.”

Michael Chandler Addresses Conor McGregor Fight and the Irishman’s USADA Status

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“I hold the power,” McGregor continued. “I’m going to keep doing my thing. I’m in a great spot, and I’ll see yas all soon. F*cking early next year, hopefully. Please God, someone. Ari, Ari. My man. I’m ready, yeah? Dec. 16, I am ready. Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett may have retired. Un-retire. Because when I’m around the game – ring Bob Bennett. Tell the commission what’s the story, because I’m being kept from my livelihood here. Turns out Bob’s retired and I’m like, ‘What the f*ck?’

However, McGregor is now seemingly accepting the fact that he will not compete in 2023. Taking to social media, the Irishman revealed that he will likely not be allowed to fight before the end of the year.

“That whole situation is very interesting to me,” Chandler said. “I got a lot of thoughts on it, but ultimately, I signed on with the organization in September of 2020 and I could have fought in October of 2020. So, this whole, ‘You know he retired so it’s gonna take six months to come back.’ I mean, are we splitting hairs here? What are we talking about? 
After months of insisting that he would make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in December, Conor McGregor is finally casting doubt on his 2023 comeback.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 20, 2023

Published on August 20, 2023 at 9:30 pm

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