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comeback king Conor McGregor reveals when he plans to return to the Octagon as he appears at Bellator in Dublin 

The MMA star appeared at the event to support his SBG teammates

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Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor has revealed when he plans to return to the octagon.

Appearing at Bellator 275 in the 3Arena, Dublin to support his SBG teammates Lee Hammond and Sinead Kavanagh on Friday night, the 36-year-old told SevereMMA.com that he could return to MMA in July.

While Dana White has announced that Charles Oliveira is set to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274, McGregor said if he was “wise” he would wait a further month or two.

“If your man’s wise, he might give it another month or two,” McGregor said, discussing Oliveira.

“July seems okay for me,” he said.

“I can’t say too early, but July, if I’m sparring in April, May, June, July — I could slap the head off of most of these guys at the end of April.”

The Crumlin native said that upon his return to the UFC he wants more respect for his style of fighting.

“It’s about time this game starts giving me respect for my different styles of fighting – my ground, my shots downward, my shots upward,” McGregor said.

“No matter what’s going on with the leg, I scoot into open guard. I’d play open guard attacks. People are going to give me my respect for all of the facets of my game.”

“Even the downward shots, from bottom, the elbows, the kicks. Even since that fight, you see people trying to implement them and make them. It’s not the same,” he said.

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“There are levels to this game. The game is going to understand and give me my respect for my multiple facets for my game.”

Giving an update on his leg injury which he suffered against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021 the athlete said: “Day by day, I feel better.”

“They’re telling me to just take it easy, but I feel I can go, so I just need to kind of pull the reins back on myself, so that’s kind of what I’m doing.”

“There is an 11 percent chance that this bone won’t heal,” he revealed.

“We’re past that now but there was an 11 percent chance that the bone would never heal. It’s called a non-union, where the bones don’t join. It’s something similar to what’s happening to Chris Weidman right now at the minute. That means I’ll forever be on that instability, but like I said I’m past that stage now,” he added.

“But this will be a here today, gone tomorrow type of thing in my own head. The bone will recover, it’ll connect back to itself and it’ll be like it never happened.”

McGregor, who has been enjoying many nights out at his Crumlin pub in recent times, said he is going to have to stay away from the boozer ahead of his return to sport.

“I’m going to isolate myself. I’m going to stay away from the pub. I’m going to stay away from my delicious Forge Irish Stout, from my tasty, smooth Proper Irish Whiskey.”

“I’m going to dedicate myself to my craft 100 percent. Give it a month or two of that and see how everything goes and make the move.”

“There’s no worry, no rush. I know a lot of people are supporting me. I want to do them well. I want to do my support well,” he said.

“That’s what we’re going to do.”

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