Former UFC two-weight world champion Conor McGregor revealed an injury to his left hand on Friday, which occurred during a sparring session.
McGregor took to Instagram to announce the news, with a photo showing his hand in a heavy cast following the injury.
According to a report by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the injury isn’t thought to be too serious but sources declined to discuss the severity and whether or not McGregor required surgery.
The report also outlined that the Notorious One is currently targetting a return to the octagon in either late summer or early autumn despite his perceived retirement in March.
The UFC had reportedly tried to book McGregor for both of their upcoming cards in July however talks never materialised while Helwani also outlines that they had reserved Madison Square Garden for July 27th and were ready to hold UFC 240 there if the Crumlin native was available to fight.
A sticking point between McGregor and the UFC, according to Helwani, has been ESPN+ becoming the UFC’s exclusive pay-per-view provider in the USA.
McGregor’s status as the biggest draw the promotion has ever seen means that he will be the fight most affected by the new deal on the roster.
The Notorious One has not fought in the UFC since October when he was defeated by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in of the most infamous bouts in the history of the promotion.
Speaking in a recent interview with Tony Robbins, McGregor spoke about the brawl that occurred following the main event.
“So what happened was, the fight was done, the match was done. He [Khabib] climbed over the fence and jumped into the crowd to make a bit of noise but as soon as he jumped into the crowd he cowered away. I like to call it ‘scurried away’ cause they’re little rats they are.
“I gave my respect and congrats, he won the match – let’s see what happens next time. I’m confident we’ll get it again, let’s go again. I am humble in victory or defeat no matter what.
“It’s a sport at the end of the day, a gruesome sport, but it’s a sport. So I respected it, I was defeated on the night.
“He jumped in to cause this chaos and attack. I saw this take place, I got up off the ground and said ‘ok, now I’m back in the mix’, jumped on top of the cage, as I jumped on top of the cage, his brother came sprinting across and jumped on top of the cage also to climb in and help him.”
You can read McGregor’s full breakdown of the UFC 229 brawl here.