Conor McGregor is stepping up his recovery and a return to action could be upon us after he posted a 20-second clip of himself back in training.
McGregor posted the clip of him training ahead of his return with the sun shining in the background and surrounded by palm trees.
Notorious is upping the intensity as he aims to return to action after breaking his tibia in last July’s TKO defeat to Dustin Poirier. The tibia break has restricted McGregor’s training ever since, but the Irishman looks fit and ready to go now he has been cleared to train.
McGregor was the first-ever two-weight UFC champion, but fellow fighters have questioned his abilities and whether his return will be a successful one.
He is without a win in two years, losing three of his last four fights and will be itching to set the record straight.
Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has said that the highest-paid UFC fighter has ‘demons that he is fighting’ and that his ‘hustle is not the same.’
Usman wasn’t the only fighter to voice his concerns as Henry Cejudo replied to the McGregor tweet saying: “Your hands are down and your distance is off. Stay away from the yes men. Just a tip from the goat.”
McGregor will be keen to prove these doubters wrong, something he has done all his life to get to where he is now.
It’s not just professional fighters who are critical, though, as fans have been quick to react in their thousands to McGregor’s latest training footage.
Below is just a handful of responses from unimpressed Twitter users.
There will be a queue of fighters looking for the big fight against McGregor, who has two fights left on his UFC contract.
Nate Diaz, Justin Gaethje and Rafael dos Anjos are names that have been mentioned for McGregor’s return to the Octagon. Poirier would be a popular choice for what would be a fourth battle between the two fighters.
His coach John Kavanagh has said: “I don’t know if Conor will be back this summer.”
He was then quick to say it all depends on McGregor’s recovery time and keeping fit and healthy for an extended period of time.
McGregor’s return to the Octagon is exciting for fans and UFC as a whole and we hope to see him back sooner rather than later.