Fans Speculate Over Conor McGregor’s Next Opponent as UFC Star Announces Return

On Thursday morning, UFC star Conor McGregor tweeted his intention to re-enter the United States Anti-Doping Agency testing pool in preparation for a fight.

McGregor tweeted: “I am clear for testing in February. I will complete my two tests per USADA and we are booking a fight.”

Last month Dana White confirmed that McGregor had been removed from the pool. 

UFC fighters must be subjected to testing for 6 months and pass a minimum of two tests before they can compete. 

Questions have been raised as to why he is waiting until February to begin testing. Some, including UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith, have suggested that McGregor has been using performance- enhancing drugs. 

UFC fans on Twitter have been speculating about who McGregor will fight on his return. Popular suggestions include Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler. 

A return would likely be at welterweight as the Irishman has been active on social media platforms showing off his bulky physique. 

Oliveira and Chandler currently compete in the lightweight division but could quite easily move up for a welterweight money fight against the UFC’s biggest star.

Conor may have his sights set on gold immediately at 170 pounds though, and whispers online suggest he may be targeting current champion Leon Edwards. 

McGregor expressed his desire for a re-match against rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, but this is unlikely as the Russian is retired. 

‘The Notorious’ hasn’t fought since last July when he broke his leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier. 

The former featherweight and lightweight champion would be eligible to fight in August 2023 if he enters the pool in February and passes the tests. 


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