Conor McGregor promises an announcement soon on his delayed UFC return against Michael Chandler

The combat sports reality show will be coached by lightweight rivals Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, who were scheduled to fight at the top of a UFC pay-per-view (PPV) at some point after the season ended.

Unfortunately, McGregor was unable to meet the guidelines set by USADA - which require six months of clean drug testing before an athlete can return to competition - and the fight was suspended until further notice.

Even the promotion's president, Dana White, has no answer.

"Soon, very soon," McGregor told TMZ Sports of his return to the UFC. "An announcement soon."

An announcement coinciding with Episode 1 of UFC 31 wouldn't surprise me.

McGregor, 34, hasn't competed since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in the summer of 2021. As for Chandler, 37, he's looking to rebound from his loss to the aforementioned Poirier at UFC 281 last November.

TUF 31 will air May 30 on ESPN.

A fight at the end of the year

Present this weekend at a press conference in Las Vegas for UFC Fight Night Dern vs Hill, Dana White was able to answer questions from reporters. While he was inevitably asked about the recent signing of Francis Ngannou to his new PFL organization, the UFC president also answered questions about Conor McGregor's future fight.

"The fight will be announced during The Ultimate Fighter, he has to be tested by USADA (the UFC's anti-doping agency) first, it's all paperwork, I don't know exactly what's going on and when it's going to be over, that's his business. Still, we're thinking of doing it this year, there's a huge fight in November at Madison Square Garden and another big fight in December."

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