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The Final Countdown: McGregor Faces 'Now or Never' Moment for UFC Comeback"

The Final Countdown: McGregor Faces 'Now or Never' Moment for UFC Comeback"

As the clock ticks down on what could be one of the most anticipated comebacks in UFC history, Conor McGregor finds himself at a crossroads. The former two-division champion has been handed a stark 'now or never' ultimatum as he grapples with a worrying delay in his return to the octagon.

McGregor, who has not stepped foot in the UFC arena since his defeat to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, is reportedly eyeing International Fight Week on June 29 for his return. However, securing a date has proven to be a challenge, with two potential comeback fights already slipping through the cracks.

The Irish superstar's frustration is palpable. He's undergone two training camps—one in Cannes and another in Dubai—preparing for dates that never materialized. This has led to a cycle of intense preparation followed by periods of disengagement, as McGregor admits to 'losing interest and stop[ping] full training' amid the uncertainty.

The situation has taken a turn with Ilia Topuria, the fighter who dethroned Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC featherweight title, throwing his hat in the ring. Topuria has expressed his desire to face McGregor, even suggesting a showdown at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium—a dream venue for the Spanish fighter.

Topuria's call to action comes with a sense of urgency, emphasizing that it's 'now or never' for McGregor to step up. The respect between the two fighters is evident, with Topuria acknowledging McGregor's iconic status in the sport despite any personal controversies.

As McGregor navigates this pivotal moment, the MMA community watches with bated breath. Will the 'Notorious' one seize this opportunity to reignite his career, or will the ultimatum mark the end of an era?