Conor McGregor’s UFC 300 return is OFF as trainer Dana White reveals the MMA superstar’s comeback timeline

CONOR MCGREGOR will not let his blockbuster return to the octagon at UFC 300, according to his head coach and mentor John Kavanagh.

The 35-year-old McGregor was on track to headline the upcoming historic card after they decided to keep him on ice for the six months he would have needed to re-enter the USADA testing pool following his re-entry in October allow.

Conor McGregor hasn't stepped foot in the octagon in almost two and a half years


Conor McGregor hasn’t stepped foot in the octagon in almost two and a half yearsPhoto credit: AP

However, UFC President Dana White appeared to pour cold water on The Notorious’s surface the bill the April card last week.

And coach Kavanagh has claimed that promotion is now on the cards the Irishman Headlined their International Fight Week card in July.

At an appearance on The MMA Hourhe told Ariel Helwani: “We were hoping for April. That was the hope, that’s what we were told, and now it seems to be summer.”

Team McGregor is baffled by UFC executives’ change of plans.

SBG Ireland head coach Kavanagh said: “I don’t know.” [why]That’s why it went back and forth a bit today.

“And I think he said you suggested that maybe 300 was already big enough [to not have him headline it].

At least your argument was somewhat logical. “Okay, do we really need him for UFC 300, which is going to be such a big event?”

“So are they holding him back for International Fight Week? I do not really know.”



An emotional McGregor publicly pleaded with UFC bosses to give him a date for his comeback clash against Michael Chandler last month.

“He’s very frustrated,” Kavanagh said of his most famous student. “I was [worried about his mental health] to.

“But when I heard him today, he found this great group of training partners. At least he does.”

“Okay, it’s not the same as competing in front of a big crowd, but at least he’s training. And that’s so important.”

“We heard people [Alexander Volaknovski] Talk about it and stay busy. So I’m happy to hear that he’s training hard with these guys.”

Frustration over the delay aside, Kavanagh is happy that former two-division champion McGregor has more time to prepare for what will be a blockbuster return to the cage.

He said: “I said to him: ‘It’s a setback that we heard it was April and now it’s July, but it’s not the end of the world.’ It’s a few extra months.

“’It’s not great, but hey, you’re enjoying training right now. Let’s just keep going.’”

McGregor – the first fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time – has not stepped foot in the octagon since breaking his leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier nearly two and a half years ago.

Olly Dawes

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