UFC fans were quick to share their concerns about Conor McGregor’s proposed return to the octagon after seeing him party in Abu Dhabi.
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMAConor McGregor was in Abu Dhabi over the weekend to promote his Black Forge line of Irish Stout[/caption]
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMAThe UFC superstar raised a glass of his stout in the air as he partied with fiancee Dee Devlin and his friends[/caption]
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMAMcGregor partied with an second-generation UFC world title[/caption]
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMA fans began to question McGregor’s eagerness to fight after seeing him partying[/caption]
But some fight fans are sceptical after seeing the Irishman enjoying himself during a promotional event in Abu Dhabi.
The former two-division champion – who was donning an expensive yellow shirt – was the picture of happiness as he partied with revellers and his pals at the plush event.
But letting his hair down after a long stint filming the remake of Road House has left some questioning his desire to return to the octagon.
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One fight fan tweeted: “Yeah this guy is constantly partying while the top fighters in the world are training and getting better.
“He’s done as a fighter.”
Another said of McGregor hoisting an old UFC title aloft: “He’ll never have a new one.”
And another said: “He needs to get in the USADA pool.
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“People are gonna forget about him real soon.”
One remarked: “This really looks like a retired Conor.”
Another chimed in: “Will he come back next year?”
APConor McGregor suffered a broken leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last July[/caption]
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMAThe Notorious is seemingly primed and ready to return to the octagon next year[/caption]
But he’s hoping to be back in the cage early next year, recently saying: “I’m going to be back soon, hopefully.
“Early 2023 I’m aiming for. Sometime in that first quarter.
“That will give me a good couple of months [to prepare].
“Once I wrap this [filming Road House] up in a couple of days, get the camp going [for] a good couple of months. And get going.”
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McGregor, however, must first re-enrol in the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool for a minimum of six months before he can compete.
The UFC, however, can waive the requirement provided the Dubliner returns two negative tests.