Conor McGregor: Boxing ‘my first love’ but will return in UFC

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com.

As a whole, Conor McGregor has reached the highest heights of the mixed martial arts world – but that doesn’t mean he’s winding down.

Saturday, McGregor attended the Monaco Grand Prix race in Monte Carlo, where he provided a health update after months of recovery from a broken leg sustained against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.

“My body is doing good,” McGregor told Sky Sports. “After [this], we’re going to up the training bit by bit. I should be able to kick now. I have another CT scan in the coming days. Then I’ll be cleared to kick. Once I can kick and grapple,

“I’ll be back in no time. Boxing training is going well, and strength training. That’s all. I’m excited to get back.”

There still are a few boxes needing to be checked before he signs on the dotted line for his next fight. While the proposed possibilities seem endless for one of the biggest names in combat sports history, McGregor is clear on which sport is his focus in the immediate future.

“Boxing is my first love in combat sports,” McGregor said. “It’s boxing. I had such a great time the last time I was out there. Obviously, my return will be inside the octagon for the UFC in mixed martial arts. That story is far from over. In fact, that story is just being wrote. It’s just beginning.

“That’s where I’ll make my return. But boxing, I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”

McGregor, 33, has competed intermittently in MMA since his August 2017 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. Since McGregor lost to Mayweather, he competed four times and went 1-3.

Two of those losses came against Poirier, while the third was to Khabib Nurmagomedov. In January 2020, McGregor picked up the lone win of that stretch, a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone.