Dana White reveals Conor McGregor will return to UFC as a 'headliner' once 'ahead of schedule' recovery is complete
UFC chief Dana White has revealed Conor McGregor will be a headline spot when he returns to the cage – despite his recent skid.
The Irishman, 33, is aiming to make a spectacular return to the octagon next summer once he's fully recovered from his horrific leg break.
And despite being winless since January 2020, The Notorious will be handed top billing on a big pay-per-view card.
During an appearance on Pardon My Take, White said: "He's still one of the top 10 guys in the world.
"I mean, he's still one of the top 10 best guys in the world
“It would depend on who he’s fighting and things like that, but yeah, Conor [McGregor] coming back is a headliner."
McGregor has only won two of his last five octagon outings, suffering defeats to rivals Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
But White wants the Dubliner to 'stick around' for as long as possible before Father Time brings about the end of his career.
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He added: “Eventually once you start to go in that direction, when a guy gets to Conor’s level, this conversation about Nate Diaz, these guys are making big money.
"I want these guys to stick around and get as much as they can before it’s over.”
Former two-division champion McGregor has been extensively rehabbing his horrific injury since his July trilogy fight with Poirier.
Mystic Mac is already back hitting pads and is seemingly on course to return to the cage next year.
And his manager – Audie Attar – revealed to SunSport last month his recovery is going better than expected.
The Paradigm Sports Management chief said: "He's ahead of schedule.
"We not only just got our X-ray results [back], [we got] our ultrasound results and CT scan results.
"And when I look at the view of the X-ray myself, it's healing so beautifully.
"He's only 10-and-a-half weeks out of surgery and he's walking.
"And he's actually doing s*** that we don't want him to do like throwing the first pitch at the Cubs game."
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