When will former UFC champ-champ Conor McGregor fight again?
For better or worse for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, Conor McGregor has lived up to his “Notorious” nickname.
McGregor has gone on to become one of the biggest names — if not the biggest name — in the history of MMA. He’s the first fighter in UFC history to hold two weight divisions’ championships simultaneously — and one of just a handful of fighters to even win a UFC title in two different weight classes. He’s also crossed into the mainstream thanks to his countless zingers and noteworthy promos, his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor hasn’t been one to shy away from controversy, however, whether it be the bus attack in the week leading up to UFC 223, the brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team at UFC 229, or any of the several accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment against him.
McGregor made his professional MMA debut in March 2008. McGregor went 4-2 in his first six MMA bouts before going on a 15-fight win streak between 2011 and 2015.
In 2012, McGregor submitted Dave Hill to become the featherweight champion of Cage Warriors and knocked out Ivan Buchinger to become their lightweight champion, becoming the first person in Cage Warriors history to hold two championships at the same time.
He’d never get to defend either Cage Warriors title, however, as McGregor got the call to the UFC in early 2013. He made his UFC debut in April 2013, scoring a 67-second knockout of Marcus Brimage.
From there, the wins continued, defeating Max Holloway via unanimous decision before consecutive TKOs of Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver.
McGregor defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 189 to become interim featherweight champion before knocking out Jose Aldo in a mere 13 seconds at UFC 194 to become the undisputed champion.
McGregor then embarked on his famous rivalry with Nate Diaz, losing to him via submission at UFC 196 before gaining revenge with a decision win at UFC 202. He then knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to claim the UFC lightweight championship and become the first champ-champ in UFC history.
After breaking from the Octagon for his boxing match with Mayweather in 2017, getting stripped of his titles in the time between, McGregor took on heated rival Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 229. Even though McGregor lost and had the previously mentioned post-match brawl, the 2.4 million pay-per-view buys for that card makes it (still to this day) the most bought UFC pay-per-view event.
Since then, McGregor has knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 and dropped consecutive rematches with Poirier at UFC 257 and UFC 264.
Conor McGregor will fight Michael Chandler next
McGregor is slated to return to the Octagon later this year against Michael Chandler after the two help coach the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter.
There's no exact date set for McGregor's return, at press time, and he still needs to enter the USADA testing poll and be in it for six months, but we're getting closer to his return.