“All Systems Go” — After Raising Doubts, McGregor Says Chandler Fight is On

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 22: Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Mere days after raising doubts and questioning the lack of communication between himself and the UFC, Conor McGregor now says it’s “all systems go” for his fight with Michael Chandler.

“We got confirmation a few days ago that it’s all systems go,” McGregor told ESPN in a recent interview. “‘The Mac,’ ‘The Notorious’ will be returning to the UFC octagon this summer.”

McGregor also took the time to address his opponent; the pair coached opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter 31 last year. Chandler has been campaigning for the fight since, or promoting, if you prefer. That includes multiple interviews (including with this outlet) and an appearance on WWE RAW.

“Shut up, Michael, you f*cking imbecile,” McGregor shot at Chandler. “The man doesn’t shut up. I seen him on ‘RAW.’ I like Mike, I’m going to bust him up. I’m going to bust Mike up, yeah. If I say it, I do it. If I say it, it gets done— end of. Put that on my stone. So, Chandler in the summer. Weight? I was having a bit of a laugh at the 185. I haven’t checked the scales since the last time I weighed in at the UFC event, which is a fair bit of time ago.

“I’ll have a chat and see where I’m at. But I got great news. It’s all systems go,” McGregor continued. “Thumbs up, thumbs up. Got the call. Everything’s sweet. I had my camp in Dubai, I had a camp in Cannes. I was preparing, and then I was kind of getting nothing back. And then other things came up, so I kind of dipped out. But now it’s on. So, there’s no messing now. I cannot dip out now.”

McGregor has not competed since his July 2021 loss to Dustin Poirier, which saw him suffer a horrific leg fracture. As for Chandler, his last action was a November 2022 loss— also to Poirier.