RETURN OF THE MAC Dana White has ‘nothing’ for Conor McGregor’s next fight and won’t plot his UFC return until he gets medical ‘clearance’

RETURN OF THE MAC Dana White has ‘nothing’ for Conor McGregor’s next fight and won’t plot his UFC return until he gets medical ‘clearance’

UFC president Dana White admits he has “nothing” in the way of opponents for Conor McGregor’s comeback fight.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Former two-division champion McGregor is currently in the final stages of recovering from the horrific broken leg he suffered in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last July.

The UFC brass are expecting The Notorious to return to the octagon later this year but don’t have anything in the pipeline for their poster boy at this moment in time.

White recently revealed to SunSport: “I literally have nothing for him right now, he’s not ready.

“The whole landscape could change over the summer.”

McGregor has flirted with a move up to welterweight – publicly setting his sights on a clash with dominant champ Kamaru Usman – but hasn’t completely closed the door on returning at lightweight.

But potential opponents and weight classes matter little until he’s given the green light to compete again.

White continued: “We’ll see when he’s ready to fight.

“And when the doctor gives him 100 per cent clearance we’ll start looking at possible opponents.”

McGregor, 33, recently resumed boxing sparring at his childhood gym in Crumlin, although it’s unknown when he’ll return to full mixed martial arts training.

Ireland’s first and only UFC champion had initially set his sights on a summer return to the cage but has seemingly pumped the brakes on that timeline.

And at this moment in time, White is anticipating the pride of Dublin to be back in action in the autumn.

The veteran promoter, 52, told SunSport: “We’re looking at early fall, if everything goes right.”

The autumn timeline for McGregor’s return is, of course, contingent on his leg being completely healed and doctors giving him the all-clear.

White added: “If his leg heals right and he gets the clearance to really start training, then possibly early fall.”

Fan favourite McGregor will bid to snap the worst skid of his career whenever he does return to the octagon.

The MMA superstar suffered back-to-back losses to former interim lightweight champion Poirier last year – defeats which followed a spectacular 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January 2020.

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