McGregor angry at UFC: My patience is running short

Judging by what Conor said in Saudi Arabia during an interview with TalkSPORT, the situation between him and the UFC is not perfect

by Sededin Dedovic
McGregor angry at UFC: My patience is running short
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Conor McGregor's return to the UFC is facing obstacles, leaving it uncertain when we will see the Irish fighter in action. The Irishman broke his leg in the seventh month of 2021 in a match against Dustin Poirier, and it was known that the recovery would be long and arduous.

McGregor trained on "The Ultimate Fighter" series. Despite this, the match with Michael Chandler, which was expected after the show, is still pending. While McGregor followed USADA's strict anti-doping rules for his return, the UFC has yet to confirm his return.

His trainer, John Kavanagh, dropped the bombshell, saying McGregor was not in the plans for UFC 300 and hinted at a return in the summer of 2024. The revelation raises questions about McGregor's relationship with the UFC, echoing concerns raised by McGregor himself during an interview in Saudi Arabia with TalkSPORT.

He didn't act like he used to and was very moderate and humble, which can tell us that something is happening after all.

McGregor's desire to return to the cage

"People here in Saudi Arabia are talking about a match between me and Manny Pacquiao, and the UFC is not talking about anything.

Give me something. Do you understand what I'm saying? I was supposed to return in April (4th month) 2024. At one time, even December (the 12th month) of this year was mentioned. They've never treated anyone like this, despite all the numbers I've brought to this game.

I sell more than all the other fighters put together, right? No one in the history of this game has ever been treated the way I am being treated right now. Considering what I bring to the company, the door should be wide open.

But I wait and wait and wait. My patience is wearing thin with that wait,'' McGregor said. The Irishman usually heaps praise on the UFC in his public statements, and it's unusual to hear him criticize the organization. The ideal stage for his return seems to be UFC 300, which presents the perfect opportunity.

Still, there is uncertainty as to what UFC executives have in mind, leaving fans to speculate whether Dana White and the UFC are intentionally creating suspense before revealing Conor's return to the big stage in April.