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Morning Report: Conor McGregor answers questions about his recovery, his future return, and his feud with Daniel Cormier

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Conor McGregor post-UFC 202
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The last couple of months have not been great for Conor McGregor from a professional standpoint. At UFC 264, McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier for the second time in a row when he broke his leg in gruesome fashion. As opposed to handling the setback with his trademark humility, the former champ-champ immediately broke out into a deranged rant, claiming he was handily beating up Poirier prior to the break (two judges scored the round a 10-8 for Poirier) and making deplorable statements about Poirier’s family, including threatening to kill Poirier and his wife “in your sleep.” Things have not gotten better since.

Following his outburst while sitting broken in the octagon, McGregor has entered a cyclical pattern of Tweeting something terrible about someone and then deleting that Tweet. First, he doubled down on his post-fight rant, claiming he’s “a nasty dude” and appearing to threaten Poirier and his family again. McGregor followed that up by making a deplorable statement about Khabib’s Nurmagomedov’s deceased father and then starting a feud with Khabib’s close friend Daniel Cormier.

So with all the regrettable things McGregor has used social media for recently, it was a nice change of pace when earlier today, “Notorious” took part in a small Q&A session on Twitter with his fans. McGregor opened the Q&A by answering the question most fans are curious about, saying that his recovery from the leg break is going well and he’ll be back next year.

McGregor also discussed what his return will look like and appears to be of two minds. At one point, McGregor suggested his return could be at 170 pounds but at another says he’s returning to a title shot. Either way, it seems clear that McGregor certainly believes he will fight again at 170 in the future.

McGregor also spoke on his feud with Cormier, holding his position and also taking a shot at Cormier’s occasional broadcast partner, Michael Bisping, who recently suggested that McGregor should ease back on his statements about DC given that Cormier is substantially larger than McGregor.

And as with any McGregor event, there was no shortage of celebration of his family, MMA accomplishments, and business success.

McGregor closed out the Q&A with an old staple: the promise to headline a stadium show in Ireland. McGregor has wanted to headline a show at Dublin’s Croke Park for years, and ahead of his first title shot against Jose Aldo, UFC President Dana White said they would make it happen for McGregor’s first title defense. That promise has proven more difficult to fulfill though but McGregor, it seems, still has faith it will happen in the future. That will obviously have to wait awhile though as McGregor will be sidelined until next year with his injury and even following that, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic may play hell with the UFC’s ability to promote special location fight cards.


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LISTEN UP

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

The best thing from Conor’s Q&A was him talking about the infamous Bus Attack, even if maybe he didn’t realize it.

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Louis Smolka wrote a choose your own adventure. You should read it.

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The two best fighters in the world.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yoel Romero (13-5) vs. Phil Davis (22-6); Bellator 266, Sep. 18.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

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With all that’s gone on over the past few years, where do you stand on Conor McGregor?

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