Conor McGregor. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Conor McGregor is expected to make his UFC comeback by challenging for the promotion’s lightweight title against Charles Oliveira, according to his training partner.
The 33-year-old’s long-time teammate Peter Queally has predicted that his return will come in a bout for the Brazilian’s belt - with both fighters seemingly keen on the contest.
McGregor broke his leg back in July and has been in rehabilitation every since, but appears to be nearing fitness, and claimed recently that he is currently weighing in at around 190lbs.
But after a considerable stint away from the fight game, close friend Queally has been relatively open about McGregor’s next move.
What did Queally say?
Speaking to the Mirror, the Irishman said: “It sounds like the belt might happen [for McGregor] next to be honest.
“Normally in this sport, when you’ve got two fighters that want the same thing, that’s what happens.
“So Charles wants this fight with Conor, Conor wants this fight with Charles and normally that’s what happens especially if there’s money to be made, which there is.”
He added: “For sure he can beat Charles.
“Obviously it’s not ideal to be out that long with an injury.
“But you know Conor and what he can do, Charles has shown himself to be somebody that is a brilliant fighter but someone who gets hit.
“I always say that if you’re a fighter that gets hit against Conor, it’s bad news for you!
“So I can see him winning that fight - of course it would be ideal if he hadn’t broke his leg and he was coming back from it, but these are things you have to deal with.
“But that looks like the fight there’s going to be!”
What has McGregor’s recent record in UFC been like?
McGregor first got his hands on the lightweight title that he is expected to fight Oliveira for back in 2016, but since then, his career has undergone something of a rollercoaster ride.
The Irishman defeated Eddie Alvarez for the belt at UFC 205 to become the first man in UFC history to hold belts simultaneously in two different weight divisions.
He was then stripped of both titles, however, when he took the decision to box Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition match the following year, and lost his chance at a second title run after suffering defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Overall, McGregor’s record in UFC over the past five years totals one win and three defeats in his last four matches.
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