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Sean O'Malley: Conor is living on a yacht now, he's not as good as he used to be

Sean O'Malley: Conor is living on a yacht now, he's not as good as he used to be

Although Conor announced a fight against Chandler in the sixth month, the UFC has yet to make a statement on the matter more than a week later

by Sededin Dedovic
Sean O'Malley: Conor is living on a yacht now, he's not as good as he used to be
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Conor McGregor's triumphant return, announced with a flourish on New Year's Eve, is shrouded in a fog of ambiguity. While the "Notorious" Irishman is promising a middleweight bout with Michael Chandler in June, the UFC remains tight-lipped on a specific date for the fight, fueling speculation and casting a shadow over McGregor's long-awaited return.

McGregor's return is undoubtedly electrifying. Once a two-division champion, his lightning-quick punches and fiery personality captivated audiences and ushered in a new era of the UFC organization. However, years of inactivity and a series of controversies tarnished the luster of his legacy. Sean O'Malley, the current UFC bantamweight champion, echoes the concerns of many, casting doubt on whether McGregor can regain his former glory.

"He's got the skills," O'Malley admits, "but I think what turns people away from him is his mentality. I think he can go back to it. Of course he won't be as good as he was when he trained and worked hard for years, now he lives on a yacht and does a bunch of other things.

He's just not the same person anymore. It doesn't just depend on what you do in those three months of camp" O'Malley said in an interview with UFC. O'Malley's words sting, highlighting the stark contrast between the former sports-focused champion and the current McGregor, who is often seen partying on lavish yachts.

No official UFC announcement yet

This shift in priorities goes beyond personal choices. It's been more than a week since McGregor's announcement, but the UFC is keeping an unusual silence. This lack of official confirmation is causing skepticism, leaving fans in suspense.

As long as there is no official UFC announcement and Dana White's announcement, there is still a possibility that this fight will not even happen. Is this a calculated play by McGregor, a publicity stunt to keep the buzz going before the UFC inevitably folds? A very strange situation, especially considering that we don't know what to expect from Conor.

The return of Conor McGregor may be imminent, but for now we can only guess when the match will be and whether it will be in the middleweight category.