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Dana White Teases UFC Star Conor McGregor's Imminent Return in Cryptic Post: 'Coming Soon'

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Conor McGregor, former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion, could be just the ticket given ongoing links to a massive return to the Octagon later this summer – UFC CEO Dana White announces a Dubliner's return with a cryptic post on social media.

McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight titleholder under the promotion's banner, has been consistently linked with a spectacular return to fighting this summer in a grudge match against Michael Chandler, having served alongside the veteran as opposing trainer had The Ultimate Fighter 31 last year.

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And when he announced his chance to appear at UFC 302 during International Fight Week in late June, McGregor offered to fight Chandler in just three rounds instead of five – as he prepares for his first appearance in three years.

Dana White teases Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor, sidelined since 2021, has yet to fight since suffering a left splint during a first-round medical stoppage in a first-round TKO loss to his mutual opponent, Dustin Poirier, in the pair's trilogy rubber match at UFC 264 – and broke his fibula.

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And this Friday morning, UFC boss White appeared to hint at an imminent announcement of a return to the Octagon for former champion Conor McGregor on social media – posting footage of him walking backstage before his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018 , paired with the headline “Coming Soon.”

Earlier this week, ahead of his own return at UFC 300 next weekend, former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and his team expressed their mutual interest in fighting the aforementioned McGregor in the near future – should they beat Arman Tsarukyan, and ahead of a rematch with champion Islam Makhachev.

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“It would be great to fight (Conor) McGregor,” said Charles Oliveira head coach Diego Lima. “Professionally speaking [fighting McGregor[ would be incredible. If we had the opportunity to fight McGregor at welterweight after this fight [with Arman Tsarukyan], we would fight McGregor. But how about the belt? OK, after that we fight for the belt, God willing. But we know that with McGregor the creature has become greater than the creator.”