We could be seeing Conor McGregor back in the Octagon sooner than we thought.
According to John Kavanagh, McGregor’s long-time head coach, ‘Notorious’ is on a solid and stable road to recovery from the detrimental leg injury he suffered at the hands of Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264.
John Kavanagh provides update on Conor McGregor’s condition:
“We’re not back to MMA training yet, but he can do all the strength and conditioning, and he’s being sensible about the approach of it,” Kavanagh told MMA Junkie. “I do a little bit of talks at local schools in Dublin, and I will always use him as an example of what we can do in life when we get setbacks. There’s nobody that comes back better than him. There’s nobody that uses losses to fuel themself to learn new things about their body, to learn new things about training, and come back and do very well.”
It’s fair to say that McGregor has kept himself firmly in the headlines since his injury, calling out several fighters ranging across a whole spectrum of divisions, as well as getting into it with Machine Gun Kelly at the MTV awards earlier this year.
Amongst those many fighters to have called McGregor out, the former champ only seems interested in an unlikely return to the title picture, calling out current lightweight champion Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira, who defended his title for the first time with a fantastic third round submission of Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier at UFC 269.
Irrespective of who the opponent standing across the cage from Conor McGregor when he makes his return, Kavanagh is confident that his return will be a strong one.
“He has his wins, he has his losses, but he’s never going to quit,” Kavanagh said about McGregor’s perseverance and persistency. “He always picks himself back up again and goes back in. That’s really, for me, is what life’s all about. We’re all going to have failures; we’re all going to have setbacks.”
As for when fans can expect Conor McGregor back in the Octagon?
“I would say early summer,” Kavanagh said. “I think he’s on target for that. I’ll be meeting him, he’s back in Dublin now, so I’ll see him when I go back home to Ireland. I’m sure we’ll have a Proper 12 to celebrate Christmas, and then set a time for making a comeback.”