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Conor McGregor announces his return to UFC, will fight Michael Chandlers in Vegas in June

After a notable hiatus, Conor McGregor has announced his much-anticipated return to the UFC, setting the stage for a showdown with Michael Chandler on June 29 in Las Vegas. This high-profile bout, part of the UFC's International Fight Week, has yet to receive official confirmation from the UFC or Chandler, as reported by ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

The matchup, slated for 185 pounds, marks a departure from the fighters' usual weight class of 155 pounds, adding an intriguing twist to the fight. Both McGregor and Chandler, known for their prowess at 155 pounds, are venturing into uncharted territory with this weight class. McGregor, with a record of 22-6, hasn't stepped into the Octagon since his 2021 fight against Dustin Poirier, where he suffered a leg injury. His recent inactivity was partly due to a regulatory issue with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which sparked a conflict between McGregor, the UFC, and USADA.

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McGregor's comeback fight will be against Michael Chandler

Chandler, aged 37 and holding a 23-8 record, last fought in 2022, facing a defeat against Poirier. This fight marks a critical juncture in Chandler's career, following three losses in his last four matches. Speaking to ESPN, Chandler expressed his readiness for the fight, stating, "Here we go, this is the fight I've been training for," and showing flexibility regarding the weight class, "Any weight - 155, 170, 185 pounds - is good with me."

The pairing of McGregor and Chandler is not only a clash of titans but also a culmination of their recent roles as opposing coaches on the reality show "The Ultimate Fighter." Rumors of their potential matchup have been circulating, adding fuel to the anticipation among UFC fans.

As the UFC world awaits official confirmation, the McGregor-Chandler fight is poised to be a highlight of International Fight Week, promising an electrifying clash between two seasoned fighters looking to reclaim their dominance in the sport.

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