Any hopes that Conor McGregor fans had of seeing the UFC star back in action this year appear to have been dashed after 'The Notrious' revealed he's not yet back at full throttle.
McGregor, 34, has not fought since being beaten by Dustin Poirier in the pair's trilogy fight in July 2021. During the bout, the Dubliner suffered a broken tibia, prompting the ringside doctor to halt proceedings before McGregor was stretchered out of the arena.
During his absence, rumours have fluctuated wildly as to who the Irish icon will face in his long-awaited comeback bout. He's hinted at an immediate world title clash with Kamara Usman, and has also been vociferously called out by Jorge Masvidal.
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A trilogy bout with Nate Diaz, or even a fourth meeting with Poirier, have also been touted, whilst the likes of Jake Paul and Superbon Banchamek have proposed cross-rules bouts. There have even been suggestions of a boxing rematch with Floyd Mayweather, a notion dismissed by UFC chief Dana White.
However, a recent Instagram post with training pictures from McGregor's trip to Mallorca suggests none of those prospects will be coming to fruition anytime soon.
"If you can’t hold your leg out straight at high kick level and maintain your balance and control here, you can’t kick to the absolute level that you can kick at," he wrote. "I cannot yet kick to the absolute level I can kick it. But I’m aware of where I need to go."
And the former two-weight UFC champion concluded his know-how of where his body was at would serve to help when he eventually finalises his comeback: "Awareness is half the battle won in combat."
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His apparent caution is in stark contrast to his brashness on social earlier this week, where he seemingly teased fans by tweeting alongside a video of his UFC highlights: "The greatest and the biggest sports comeback in all of history. Will you be a witness?" he said.
Regardless, McGregor certainly seems to have enjoyed his time out from MMA. Earlier this year, he rocked up for the Monaco Grand Prix with his family in a luxury super yacht, joining a star studded list of names for the famous race.
Just days earlier, he'd been spotted sipping whiskey and hanging out with Kylie Minogue at the Cannes Film Festival. But he maintained he was training throughout the holiday, uploading videos of himself hitting pads alongside the caption: "Cannes bombs."
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