Dana White gives estimated timeframe for return of Conor McGregor

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Speaking at the UFC 232 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that he expects former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor to return sometime around the summer of 2019.

The UFC boss dropped this Conor McGregor tidbit as he discussed the exciting state of the UFC lightweight division.

“If you look at what we’ve got right now; you’ve got Conor hopefully coming back around the summer or sometime around there,” White said after UFC 232 (transcript via Joe.co.uk). “You’ve got Khabib who will come back after his suspension. You’ve got Tony [Ferguson] in there now, Max Holloway could possibly move up to that weight division. There’s so many great things that can happen in that division now.”

Whatever the case, Dana White reminds that Conor McGregor will first have to face the music with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who will soon be punishing him for his role in the ugly brawl that broke out after his UFC 229 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“None of that can even begin to play out or even begin to think about it until this stuff is done with Nevada,” White said.

While Conor McGregor has plenty to deal with before he returns to the cage, it seems that his intention is definitely to fight again. The Irish MMA superstar has repeatedly eluded to a return to action in the New Year — though it doesn’t sound like he’s decided if it will be in the cage or the ring.

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/1/2019.