Conor McGregor finally speaks out about his UFC 286 disappointment, giving credit to the winner while also eyeing Leon Edwards’ title ahead of his upcoming bout with Michael Chandler.
After skipping UFC 286, CONOR MCGREGOR has broken his silence to congratulate a victor on the card.
At the beginning of the week, The Notorious announced that he would be in London for the massive pay-per-view card featuring the welterweight title fight between Brit Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.
However, the Irishman didn’t show up, despite his longtime training partner and friend Gunnar Nelson being a part of the main card.
Nelson won spectacularly by armbar in the first round against the determined Bryan Barbarena.
McGregor lauded the Icelandic welterweight on social media for his quick knockout of Bam Bam.
After Nelson’s victory at UFC 189, McGregor tweeted a picture of the two of them together with the caption, “Congrats @GunniNelson!”
You’re one of the best fighters I’ve ever met. Whoa, that Icelander sure can put up a fight!
To better position himself for a shot at the welterweight title, McGregor, 34, was expected to show up at the O2.
If the Irishman wins his division, Edwards will allow him to fight for all three world titles.
Rocky said: “Anyone can get it .
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Show me what you’re made of in the division, and I’ll consider giving you a shot at the championship.
While I’m still young, it’s always been a goal of mine to be a actively engaged champion.
“So if he proves his case, I will fight him.”
McGregor, a former two-division champion, hasn’t competed in the octagon since he broke his leg in July 2021 during the third and final bout of their trilogy.
Later this year, Mystic Mac will make his comeback in a highly anticipated matchup against Michael Chandler.
However, McGregor has not yet returned to the testing pool of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, so a date for the fight has not been set.
For the Dubliner to be eligible to compete, he must be in the pool for at least six months.
However, if granted an exemption, he could make his return sooner; however, USADA has made it clear that they are unlikely to grant him an exemption, leaving the decision up to UFC management.