Following months of anticipation, Conor McGregor is nearing his return to the octagon at UFC 257. McGregor has a viable opponent lined up against former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier later this month. With that in mind, McGregor in his typical fashion has quickly laid out his lofty expectations for the match.
Conor McGregor set to make octagon return
Last June, Conor McGregor made the surprising move to retire yet again from MMA.
Despite his decision, the expectation was that McGregor would be back in the octagon at some point down the line. Much of that sentiment was fueled by the notion that his retirement came due to the lack of movement toward scheduling him more fights within the 2020 calendar year.
It was only a matter of time before the competitive juices began to fester inside the 32-year-old. The former lightweight champion first agreed to a sparring session in Ireland with Dustin Poirier for December 2020. Things quickly took another route after UFC president Dana White jumped into the fray to create a match for an upcoming event.
Although McGregor didn’t get his desire fighting location at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, he has a fight lined up against Poirier at UFC 257. The match will mark the first time in a year that he will get back into the octagon.
In the weeks before the event, McGregor has continued to be his usual boastful self concerning his chances in the bout. All of that has guided him down the path toward a lofty prediction.
Conor McGregor lays out gutsy guarantee for his comeback fight
Over the years, Conor McGregor hasn’t been shy about making boastful predictions concerning his fights.
McGregor has garnered a strong reputation for his extraordinary confidence in his ability in the octagon. That is certainly the case for his upcoming fight at UFC 257, as his four-word tweet cemented what he’s aiming for in the event.
“I promise a masterpiece.” McGregor said.
McGregor has delivered on his lofty promises more often than not by backing it up with some thrilling performances. He has a tough challenge ahead against Poirier but holds a win over him in their previous meeting years ago. The two fought back at UFC 178 in September 2014, with McGregor winning via a knockout in the first round.
Things should be quite different this time around, but the previous success further fuels the 32-year-old’s confidence. He isn’t overlooking Poirier by any means but instead eyeing a strong performance in his comeback match.
More to come beyond that?
Conor McGregor’s sole focus remains on his upcoming fight in the next couple of weeks.
However, there have been hints throughout the last few months that he’s eyeing much more than his UFC 257 fight. McGregor has voiced that he wants to go into other opportunities outside of the octagon.
He has continued to state his desire to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquaio at some point down the line. The two camps have maintained dialogue over the last several months, but nothing has come to fruition.
There has been some chatter from Youtuber turned boxer Jake Paul calling him out, but it doesn’t look like he holds much interest. Depending on the result later this month, he could also look for additional UFC fights against premium opponents this year.
Whatever the case may be, McGregor will have plenty of options at his disposal.