Conor McGregor’s UFC Return Will Be Against Michael Chandler
— Updated on 2 March 2023

Conor McGregor’s UFC Return Will Be Against Michael Chandler

— Updated on 2 March 2023
Garry Lu
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Garry Lu

True to his word, Conor McGregor is returning to the UFC this year, and as confirmed by the promotion’s president Dana White, he’ll be ending the two-year drought against prolific brawler Michael Chandler.

In the lead to this hotly anticipated bout, both the former two-division champion (22-6) and Bellator transplant (23-8) will coach opposing teams in The Ultimate Fighter season 31; something the latter has also snatched from Tony Ferguson in addition to the aging boogeyman’s soul and a title shot, which Ferguson himself has hilariously dubbed “Dana White Privilege.”

[Season 31] will premiere Tuesday, May 30th and run through to Tuesday, August 15th,” said Dana White.

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Like many MMA fighters keen for red panty night, Chandler has been campaigning for a major money-making bout against McGregor since finishing Dan Hooker in the first round at UFC 257. The opening numbered event of 2021 was also when McGregor faced Dustin Poirier for the second occasion, resulting in a massive upset loss for the Irishman.

“The cat is out the bag. Team Chandler vs Team McGregor. Heading to Las Vegas here very soon to film in the same city as my future opponent later on this year, Conor McGregor,” Michael Chandler announced on social media.

Currently, Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler does not have a set date or location, but it’ll probably fall sometime within three months of The Ultimate Fighter season 31 finale. And that’s being generous.

Expect fireworks.

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