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Conor McGregor could return to action in the UFC this year, just months after breaking his leg in his loss to Dustin Poirier.
The Notorious had to undergo surgery following the fight, his second loss in-a-row this year, both to the diamond, and it was assumed he wouldn't be back in 2021.
However, UFC president Dana White has now given an update on the biggest selling star in the promotion, claiming that McGregor could be back sooner than expected.
"Conor seems to be healing up pretty well," White told the Australian Daily Telegraph.
"The question is: When can he start kicking again?
"If he could take kicks, then he'd be looking at a fight before the end of the year again, so it all depends on how fast that leg heals."
Leg kicks have certainly been important in the two fights between the pair this year, with Poirier's ability to land them in the fight in January being the key.
McGregor seemed to have a better defence against them the second time around, and landed a few of his own, but he ended up on the ground for much of the fight.
Right at the end of the first round, after getting back to his feet, McGregor made contact with a leg kick but his leg broke and he fell to the ground as he put weight on it.
Speaking to Adam Glyn this week, McGregor claimed that he felt like he could start kicking now, "I feel like I could kick right now.
"I honestly feel like I could kick right now. But I've just got to listen to the doctors and listen to the people that guided me, that's what I've done so far.
"I've committed myself to the work. I'm back on the feet. It feels so good to be back on the feet."
The former two weight champion has been in the headlines this week for his work outside of the octagon, not exactly for the first time, but for his actions at the VMAs.
The 33-year-old and American rapper Machine Gun Kelly nearly scrapped during the awards, with claims of the fighter DMing the artists girlfriend Megan Fox causing the incident.
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