Conor McGregor, the former two-weight UFC champion, has broken his silence after being snubbed from the UFC 286 event to praise the winner and talk about his future plans.
The Irish fighter took to social media to congratulate the winner of the UFC 286 welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad and Leon Edwards. He posted a picture of Edwards with the caption, “Congratulations Leon Edwards! Great fight! It was close, but I have no quarrel. I wish you all the best on your title quest.”
McGregor was originally scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight at UFC 286, but the fight was called off after McGregor suffered an injury in training. Instead, Poirier fought and defeated Muhammad via TKO.
Following the event, McGregor also revealed his plans to fight for the welterweight title, currently held by Kamaru Usman, after his upcoming fight against Michael Chandler.
In a separate post, McGregor wrote, “Excited to get back in the mix! Fresh from my own injury and the surgery that went with it, I’ll be ready to fight at any weight. After the Michael Chandler bout, I’m going to rip through the division. I will finish whoever has that welterweight belt.”
McGregor’s last fight was a second-round TKO loss to Poirier at UFC 257 in January 2021. He has since undergone surgery for a leg injury sustained during the fight and has been focusing on his recovery and training.
Despite his injury setback, McGregor remains one of the biggest names in UFC, and his return to the octagon is highly anticipated by fans and fellow fighters alike.
Only time will tell if McGregor can achieve his goal of becoming a three-weight UFC champion, but his determination and hunger for success suggest that he will stop at nothing to achieve his dream.