The biggest star to ever grace the UFC is getting closer and closer to being able to resume training. Former two-division world champion Conor McGregor (22-6) hasn’t been able to train since his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier back at UFC 264 in July.
That night, McGregor’s leg snapped near the end of the first round causing the fight to be waved off. McGregor had to have surgery the next day where he had a titanium rod placed through his leg.
Since then, McGregor has been active on social media, but he’s not been able to do much physically. This past weekend, the former UFC champion was in the news when he had a confrontation with Machine Gun Kelly at the VMAs.
McGregor was seen walking without a boot and he’s back on his feet. Recently, journalist Adam Glyn caught up with McGregor and the former UFC champion provided some updates on where he’s at and his timeline.
McGregor’s UFC return
McGregor said, “I feel like I could kick right now. I honestly feel like I could kick right now, but I’ve just got to listen to the doctors and listen to the people that are guiding me. That’s what I’ve done so far, I’ve committed myself to the work and I’m back on the feet. It’s so good to be back on the feet.”
The former UFC champion also made it clear that he’s not quite ready to resume training and it will still be some time before we see him inside the octagon. That said, McGregor is more committed than ever to return.
“Still a long way, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, like I said I feel like I can kick now, I’m not advised to kick yet. But I’m gonna get back. You think a broken bone is gonna stop me? Think again,” McGregor said.
Now, the UFC is currently targeting 2022 for McGregor’s return. How soon into 2022 will completely depend on McGregor’s recovery. If things progress quickly, we could see The Notorious one back inside the octagon sometime in late spring. However, early summer might be a more realistic timeframe.