Conor McGregor next fight: Dana White shows interest in showdown with 36-year-old lightweight

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UFC president Dana White has confirmed that he’s interested in seeing Conor McGregor battle Michael Chandler in his comeback fight.

While the Ultimate Fighting Championship may be as popular as it’s ever been, there’s always room for improvement – and one big way the promotion can draw more eyes to the product is by getting Conor McGregor back inside the Octagon.

Last summer at UFC 264, the Irishman suffered a broken leg at the end of the first round in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier. The injury has kept him on the shelf ever since and even though ‘The Notorious’ has made it clear that he wants to return, no official timeline has been given for when that’s going to go down.

Dana White will be as eager as anyone to get the 33-year-old back in there and, unsurprisingly, a whole host of other fighters are ready to welcome him back with open arms, too.

One of them is Michael Chandler who used his UFC 274 post-fight interview to call the former two-weight world champion out in an attempt to secure a lucrative meeting with the UFC’s number one draw.

In a recent interview with TMZ, White expressed real interest in making that showdown happen.

“I really like Chandler vs. Conor after Chandler’s last fight. There’s plenty of fights to make. I don’t know if that’s the one. We’ll see what the landscape looks like when Conor gets back.”

“I’m just saying after his last [Octagon] interview, his last fight, Conor’s ranked number 8. [Michael’s] ranked number 5. It makes a lot of sense right now,” White said.

“I think he’s getting better. He’s starting to ramp up his training, and I’m hoping the end of this year, early next year.”

Who else could McGregor fight?

Conor McGregor could realistically walk into any fight and nobody would bat an eyelid.

His frame, as well as what he’s been saying on social media, would lead many to believe he’s going to head up to welterweight as opposed to taking on another contest at 155 pounds.

If he sticks to that, you’d have to imagine the three leading contenders to fight him would be champion Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.

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