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UFC live commentator Jon Anik has reiterated his belief that Conor McGregor’s time in mixed martial arts is not yet over.

As has been the case for nearly a year and a half since his comeback was first announced, there is considerable uncertainty surrounding the career status of McGregor, the promotion's first simultaneous champion in two divisions.

The Irishman has struggled to get active and produce positive results since his 2016 success, going 1-3 in four fights over seven years. The nature of his latest setback – a gruesome leg fracture sustained in the first round of his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier in 2021 – led many to believe that the Irishman had stepped into the cage for the last time.

These theories persisted until 2023, when there was no news about his planned fight against Michael Chandler after they both appeared as opposing trainers on The ultimate fighterAnd although the fight was finally scheduled for UFC 303 last month, a toe injury led to McGregor's last-minute withdrawal.

This has again led to claims that McGregor is unlikely to step on stage again. However, Anik remains convinced that the Irishman has an itch that needs to be satisfied in the cage…

Anik confirms his prediction for McGregor’s return

At a recent appearance on MMA Junkie RadioAnik commented on the uncertainties surrounding McGregor's long-awaited comeback, having previously predicted that the Dubliner would deliver one fight after another within a short period of time after his return.

The UFC's lead live commentator reiterated that stance, explaining that factors outside the cage, such as wealth and material goods, which some cite as evidence that McGregor is not taking advantage of his competitive motivation, would be more comfortable for him after further stints in the Octagon.

“I guess I'm frustrated. That's probably the right word when it comes to Conor McGregor's inactivity. But overall, I think a lot of it was out of his control,” Anik said. “It's not always easy being the biggest superstar in mixed martial arts. It's certainly not easy when you break your leg in half, you know? And then he obviously had a setback in that last training camp.

“I have to stick to my thesis on Conor. It's that he's going to enjoy life on the yacht a lot more with a few more MMA scalps or at least fights, high-profile fights,” Anik continued. “He came back and fought Dustin two times in a row, right, and then broke his leg in half. I still believe Conor McGregor has an itch that can only be satisfied in the Octagon.”

It remains to be seen whether McGregor will confirm Anik's comments later this year, but his recent return to “yacht life” on social media following the cancellation of UFC 303 has apparently left some fans fearing the worst…

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