UFC megastar Conor McGregor has given an enormous indication he’s set for an octagon return in his Dublin hometown in December – though the announcement met with ridicule moderately than anticipation from some followers.
McGregor took to Twitter over the weekend to tease what many are taking to be the date and placement of his UFC comeback.
“Dublin, December 14th,” the Irishman wrote to his 7.7 million followers, setting off a frenzy of expectation that he’s lastly set to return for the primary time since being submitted by Russian light-weight king Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas in October of final 12 months.
The octagon final headed to Dublin in 2015, whereas McGregor has not fought in his dwelling metropolis since his victory towards Diego Brandao on a UFC Struggle Night time card in July of 2014.
However whereas the return of the person nonetheless seen as MMA’s largest star was a welcome prospect for some, many took the prospect to land digs at McGregor over his current misdemeanours – not least footage which confirmed him appearing to land a punch on an elderly man in a Dublin pub this 12 months.
“Courtroom?” one Twitter consumer wrote in reply to McGregor’s presumed comeback tweet.
Others posted a mocked-up Story of the Tape for McGregor towards an aged man.
Whereas the jibes over McGregor’s put up may be taken as customary social media trolling, additionally they spotlight the dilemma the Irishman is dealing with at a crucial juncture in his MMA profession.
For all his superstardom, McGregor is in determined want of a profitable octagon return to start out making headlines for all the proper causes once more.
His final victory got here towards Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, which noticed him earn ‘champ champ’ standing as he added the light-weight title to his featherweight strap.
However following his unsuccessful return towards Nurmagomedov – and subsequent six-month suspension for the post-fight melee that marred that bout – the 31-year-old McGregor has seen a number of mooted fights fall by means of, together with towards veteran light-weight contender Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
Cerrone was in motion at UFC Vancouver this weekend, the place he suffered a first-round knockout defeat to Justin Gaethje in a highly-awaited match-up.
Gaethje is extensively seen as a possible subsequent opponent for McGregor – whom he has branded “a sh*t human” over the Dublin pub incident – though the American indicated after his victory over Cerrone that he would moderately wait in line to face the winner of the presumed battle between Nurmagomedov and long-time challenger Tony Ferguson.
“The Irishman’s retired, I would like an actual fighter!” Gaethje declared in Canada.
Former light-weight interim champ Dustin Poirier, overwhelmed by Khabib in Abu Dhabib of their title unifier earlier this month, may very well be one other McGregor rival, and just lately expressed his want to “run issues again” with the person who handed him a loss in September 2014.
In a current interview with ESPN, McGregor reeled off a listing of names for doable subsequent opponents additionally together with the likes of Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, and Jose Aldo.
There are alternatives out there, and whoever he finally ends up dealing with, McGregor would draw an enormous crowd in Dublin and garner large media curiosity.
However ‘The Infamous’ actually might want to win to insert himself into the title body as soon as extra, and on the identical time be sure that he begins hitting the headlines for good causes moderately than unhealthy.