By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
One of the biggest fighters in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be making a highly-anticipated comeback this coming June.
Did everybody miss Conor “The Notorious” McGregor inside the octagon?
In a video posted by McGregor on his official X account, the former UFC champion of the world revealed that he will be making his UFC return after two years of hiatus from professional combat sports.
McGregor himself spoke in the video and said that he will be fighting in the international fight week on June 29, 2024, in Las Vegas.
The former undisputed champion then added that he is set to square off against Michael Chandler, one of the top stats in the league’s lightweight division.
However, McGregor said that the fight will take place in the 185-lbs division, or the middleweight classification.
“The greatest comeback of all time will take place in Las Vegas for international fight week on June 29th. And the opponent, Michael Chandler. And the weight, Mr. Chandler, 185 pounds,” McGregor said in his video.
McGregor has been out in the UFC since July 10, 2021, after suffering a devastating leg injury in his rematch against Dustin Poirier.
Before exiting the MMA organization, McGregor had been in a slump and ended his last UFC ride with back-to-back losses at the hands of Poirier.
McGregor first made a name for himself when he dominated former UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo in just 16 seconds with a snappy counter punch.
After the career-boosting win over Aldo, McGregor’s stardom quickly rose as he became the UFC’s most-loved superstar while helping President Dana White earn double in the pay-per-views.
On the other hand, Chandler, a known tough bruiser and a calculated aggressor inside the octagon, is also seeking to re-enter the winning column after losing to Poirier last November 2022.
“I always said I wanted you at your biggest, your baddest, and your best. 185 would look good on me,” Chandler replied to McGregor.