Making their way back to the Octagon are three former champions of the UFC, Conor McGregor, TJ Dillashaw and BJ Penn.
Dana White has confirmed that the former two-division champ, Penn, despite no wins since 2010, will not be hanging his gloves up just yet. According to an interview with TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.
White has said that later this year, Penn will be returning to fight lightweight Nik Lentz, which has reportedly been verbally agreed on by the pair. The exact date and location are still to be confirmed.
According to a report by Men’s Health, The return of the King of two-division, Conor McGregor, will be making his come back earlier than expected. Talking with Rich Eisen this week, Dana White stated it could be as early as next year.
Fans are obviously buzzing and thinking about who McGregor should fight, while White suggested that they would determine that after the September title fight between Nurmagomedov and Poirier.
“I think McGregor is gonna come back at the beginning of next year, so, realistically, all these guys are looking at September to see what happens with Khabib and Poirier. After that fight plays out, I think there’s gonna be a lot of movement going on” said White
Dillashaw, a former UFC bantamweight champion said he would make a great return to social media, stating on Instagram; “My time off has allowed me to focus on my health and get both my shoulders surgically repaired within 13 weeks of each other for good hopefully. I can’t wait to get back to training and test out my repaired shoulders, but first the rehab process begins”
Dillshaw was banned for two years for using EPO after losing to Henry Cejudo in January. He says he’s still motivated despite obvious backlash from MMA fans.