Conor McGregor announces comeback fight at middleweight with Michael Chandler for June 29th

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Conor McGregor has announced his return to the octagon, facing Michael Chandler in a middleweight contest.

The fight is set for Saturday, June 29th, 2024, during UFC International Fight Week.

In a video posted to X on Sunday, McGregor, drinking red wine, said:

Ladies and gentlemen, a Happy New Year to you all. I’d like to announce the return date for myself, the Notorious Conor McGregor — the greatest comeback of all time. It will take place in Las Vegas for International Fight Week on June 29th. Come a little closer. And the opponent, Michael Chandler. And the weight, Mr. Chandler, 185 pounds. [Laughter.]

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 31, 2023

Chandler soon responded with a post of his own, stating:

I always said I wanted you at your biggest, your baddest and your best. 185 would look good on me.

The pair were opposing coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Both men have previously competed mainly in the lightweight division (155 pounds).

Conor McGregor has not fought since UFC 264 on July 10th, 2021. At that event, fought at lightweight, he lost to Dustin Poirier when he broke his tibia.

Chandler’s last fight was also against Poirier, losing by submission at UFC 281 on November 12th, 2022.

I predict Chandler will destroy Conor.

Yeah, same. Not sure if there would be too many folks thinking McGregor can really go all out and hang…But…who knows [???].

He’s going up to 185 lbs? I dropped off UFC many moons ago. But has anyone ever won fights in 4 divisions ever?