Conor McGregor will return to the ring on September 11 in a wheelchair boxing match, it has been confirmed.
The Irish fighter, who is currently recovering from a broken leg sustained during the first round of his bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, will take on impressionist Al Foran in a charity event to raise money for the Irish Wheelchair Association.
It is believed McGregor will take on Foran in the co-main slot at the Clayton Hotel in Galway next month.
In a Twitter post on his official account, Stevo Timothy, who has organised the event, confirmed that the pair will face off in the ring.
Drum roll ladies and gentlemen :ok_hand::ok_hand:- Sir Stevo Timothy (@SirStevoTimothy) July 30, 2021
The co-main event: @TheNotoriousMMA v @ImpressionistAL aka The Notorious v The Notorious Impressionist all in aid of the @IrishWheelchair
Please donate here if you can: https://t.co/lDMJxs1MvE
:camera_with_flash: @madebyGoodie pic.twitter.com/kqFIXApdzu
McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, also spoke about the upcoming fight while speaking to reporter Laura Sanko.
"Conor had volunteered to be the co-main event where he was gonna box, there's a guy called Al Foran who is an impressionist," he said.
"You might have seen him do some of Conor's impressions. So Conor's gonna fight Conor in the co-main event."
"So Conor was going to fight Conor in the co-main event, which I thought was quite funny, he was accepting his first-ever co-main slot.
"He's been main-event for a couple of years now. But anyway in the heat of all this he just turned and went, 'You know, I'm gonna do the wheelchair boxing fight now'.
"Because he's off his feet for a while. He made a joke about that.
In the interview, Kavanagh also put any rumours of a potential 'early retirement' from MMA to bed.
"He truly loves this and it's hard to imagine him not wanting to come back, not wanting to do this again," Kavanagh added.
"Because we really just got this fantastic rhythm.
"He's turning 33, which to me is a peaking time where strength meets conditioning and mental and physical and spiritual maturity, everything's coming together.
"I think we have a couple of years of this ahead of us.
This would do more for disability sport than the government has since the foundation of the sport.- Sir Stevo Timothy (@SirStevoTimothy) August 1, 2021
Thank you @TheNotoriousMMA for the massive solidarity :wheelchair::woman::man:https://t.co/nQi6dfmC47
We can't wait to see this bout against Al Foran next month and it's all for a great cause. Who will win?
Let us know in the comments.
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