- Conor McGregor's much-anticipated return to UFC has been delayed once again.
- The former two-weight UFC champ was expected to fight this summer, one year after his last fight.
- But a representative of his told MMA Junkie he's now "on track" for a "big return next year."
Since losing a 10th-round stoppage loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2017, McGregor has won just one MMA bout in four rebound fights, including two successive defeats to Dustin Poirier.
The last time fight fans saw McGregor in an Octagon he was screaming insults at Poirier, while medical staff strapped his broken leg and stretchered him out of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
That was July 2021.
Not long after, Dana White started speculating that McGregor may not return for an entire year. He'll be "ready to roll" in the summer, the UFC boss said.
However, it's been more than a year since his injury. An expected summer showdown has been scrapped entirely, and it's unlikely McGregor will compete at all in 2022.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Paradigm Sports agent Tim Simpson said McGregor is "on track" for a "big return next year."
Should McGregor return as early as January, that would still be approximately six months later than expected.
Simpson, though, said McGregor has been training multiple sessions per day and has been filming "Road House," a remake of the 1989 hit which will star Jake Gyllenhaal.
The leg McGregor broke in the third Poirier fight last year "is still healing," according to Simpson. "I think there's a little bit more to go on that, but he's been training like a madman twice a day, every day.
"He's got his full team out there: the McGregor Fast team, all his health and fitness guys, physio, boxing, coaching.
"He's been going hard. He's been training super hard. He's in amazing shape – just final adjustments to get that leg back where it needs to be."