Conor McGregor conspiracy theory over delayed UFC return emerges after Dana White announcement
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A conspiracy theory about Conor McGregor's delayed UFC return has emerged following Dana White's shock announcement.
McGregor hasn't fought since July 2021 as he suffered a nasty ankle break in his defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
But he's recovered and is raring to go, having been linked with a headline slot at UFC 300.
On Wednesday, Ariel Helwani questioned the Irishman's whereabouts, claiming the former UFC double champion is ready to fight.
The veteran journalist revealed McGregor has just two fights left on his current UFC contract and suggested the company want to hold onto their prized asset whilst negotiating new television and pay-per-view deals.
Helwani continued by claiming there is no reason why the 'Notorious' can't compete on UFC 300, comparing his situation to Nate Diaz, who walked away from the promotion after the last fight on his deal.
With just two fights left on his contract, the 35-year-old is nearing free agent territory, where he will be able to test the open market ahead of potentially signing for another promotion.
McGregor, though, isn't interested in exploring other options outside of the UFC as he expressed his love for the MMA company.
Speaking in March 2023, he scoffed at the idea of leaving the UFC.
“What, to go out and do a little side quest, and seeking to get some boxing dollars and all the rest of it?" He said.
"No, for me - for me, the UFC is pinnacle and it’s the company I love. It’s a company, I wish to be with this company for the rest of my career. I hope we can continue."
McGregor added: "I want to be in the UFC. My catalog is in the UFC. My highlight reel is in the UFC. Look, let’s see what happens. I hope they feel the same also.
"I love the company dearly. It’s changed my life. It’s given me so much and it’s helped me in many situations in my life. ... The UFC is my company."