Conor McGregor expresses interest in charity wheelchair fight
Conor McGregor has given a promising update on his recovery from a broken leg amid speculation he would return in a charity wheelchair fight later this year.
The UFC star is continuing his rehabilitation after he fractured his tibia and fibula during his first-round loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 last month.
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The TKO decision was anticlimactic for fans as well as McGregor, who has vowed to fight Poirier again once his leg has healed and his body is healthy.
Just two weeks ago, the Irishman revealed he had been suffering chronic arthritis in his ankles leading into the Poirier fight, while UFC president Dana White said he expects McGregor to be out of action for at least a year.
Fans had resigned themselves to not seeing McGregor fight for some time, so it came as a surprise on Monday (AEST) when he appeared to commit to fight in a charity event in September.
On an announcement for a wheelchair charity boxing event organised by comedian Stevo Timothy, McGregor was named on the co-main to fight impressionist Al Foran, who is famous for mimicking the former two-division UFC champion.
Drum roll ladies and gentlemen 👌👌
The co-main event: @TheNotoriousMMA v @ImpressionistAL aka The Notorious v The Notorious Impressionist all in aid of the @IrishWheelchair
Please donate here if you can: https://t.co/lDMJxs1MvE
“Hahaha quality! Give me time guys, I’m in!” McGregor replied to a tweet of a cartoon of himself and Foran fighting each other in wheelchairs.
“Just need to focus on this recovery for the next while first before I can commit to a date!
“Have some cool things planned for event tho!”
Hahaha quality! Give me time guys, I’m in! Just need to focus on this recovery for the next while first before I can commit to a date!
Have some cool things planned for event tho! @IrishWheelchair#LamborghiniWheelchairshttps://t.co/cFhlGOROeq
The charity event is scheduled for 11 September in Dublin, which made the ears of McGregor fans prick up at the prospect of an early return from injury.
But McGregor and his coach later clarified he would be unable to participate at the charity event because he is still recovering from his injury.
Despite his enthusiasm, McGregor will have to wait a while longer before he can fight again. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
“Conor had volunteered to be the co-main event where he was gonna box, there’s a guy called Al Foran who is an impressionist. You might have seen him do some of Conor’s impressions,” McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh told ESPN.
“So Conor’s gonna fight Conor in the co-main event which I thought was quite funny, he was accepting his first-ever co-main slot. He’s been main-event for a couple of years now.
“But anyway in the heat of all this he just turned and went, ‘You know, I’m gonna do the wheelchair boxing fight now’, because he’s off his feet for a while. He made a joke about that.”
Guys, the September date is too early for me. I am still in recovery. My docs/physical therapy team out here advice me to stay. I reckon late October at earliest. But maybe November/December too. It is hard to say at this time a concrete date. But I’m in! Wait for me please! 🥊
So we're back on again for a later date at the end of the year, gives me time to try and become an elite fighter in a few months, shouldn't be an issue…..🤣
Let's do this @TheNotoriousMMA 🥊
McGregor took to Twitter to say he is extremely keen to do the wheelchair boxing fight and return to the Octagon as soon as he can, but it will have to wait until his leg fully heals.
Kavanagh also quashed any suggestions his charge was considering retirement.
“He truly loves this and it’s hard to imagine him not wanting to come back, not wanting to do this again,” he said.
“Because we really just got this fantastic rhythm.
“He’s turning 33, which to me is a peaking time where strength meets conditioning and mental and physical and spiritual maturity, everything’s coming together.
“I think we have a couple of years of this ahead of us.
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