Conor McGregor is getting sick of ready to make his UFC return.
The previous two-division champion had a ringside seat on Saturday for the Day of Reckoning boxing pay-per-view in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, which noticed Anthony Joshua defeat Otto Wallin through fifth-round stoppage and Joseph Parker upset Deontay Wilder in a lopsided resolution. Afterward, an animated McGregor spoke to TalkSPORT and erupted as soon as the subject turned to his potential return to UFC, which stays and not using a concrete date in 2024.
“‘The Mac’ has hundreds to supply and hundreds to ship,” McGregor ranted.
“The lads right here [in Saudi Arabia] are speaking Manny [Pacquiao in boxing], the UFC aren’t speaking any. … Give me one thing. You understand what I’m saying? I used to be speculated to be again in April , I used to be speculated to be again in April. It was speculated to be December. They’ve by no means handled anybody [like this]. Nobody’s ever been handled [like this]. For all of the figures I’ve introduced on this sport — I promote greater than all of them mixed, yeah? I promote greater than each certainly one of them mixed.
“Nobody within the historical past of the battle sport’s ever been handled the best way I’m getting handled at this minute, yeah?” McGregor continued. “By means of what I got here by to what I deliver, they f***** ought to open floodgates for me, yeah? And I’m ready. I’m ready and I’m ready. My persistence is carrying skinny on me ready.”
McGregor, 35, has been tentatively linked to a UFC return bout towards Michael Chandler since teaching towards the American on The Final Fighter 31 in early 2023. McGregor instructed reporters in late October that the UFC was targeting April 2024 for his comeback fight and voiced frustration at his lengthy layoff since his July 2021 loss to Dustin Poirier, nevertheless McGregor’s SBG Eire coach John Kavanagh instructed MMA Combating in November that the promotion delayed McGregor’s return again to a focused bout within the “summertime.”
McGregor formally re-entered the UFC’s drug-testing pool with USADA on Oct. 8, which means he shall be eligible to compete once more on April 8, 2024, per USADA guidelines. He submitted his first drug tests following his long-awaited reentry into this system in late October.
On Saturday, McGregor known as out Pacquiao for a boxing match in a number of media appearances. In a clip captured by TNT Sports, McGregor spoke excitedly to Saudi Arabia’s minister of leisure Turki Alalshikh concerning the potential bout whereas being seated subsequent to soccer celebrity Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Inform Manny to develop a set of balls and battle me at a better weight class,” McGregor instructed Alalshikh. “Why not? It’s his sport. If he desires me to come back right down to a smaller weight, I ought to be capable to use extra of my weapons. I ought to be capable to kick. I ought to be capable to grapple. Shouldn’t that be truthful? Wouldn’t you say? Say it to him. Is he a person or a mouse? Is Manny a person or a mouse?”
McGregor echoed comparable sentiments in a separate interview with heavyweight boxer Derek Chisora for iFL TV.
In complete, McGregor has fought in MMA simply 4 occasions since capturing the UFC light-weight title with a 2016 win over Eddie Alvarez, sandwiching a victory over Donald Cerrone between a title loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and back-to-back stoppage losses to Poirier.