Here’s What We Know About Conor McGregor’s Wheelchair Fight

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It’s been a few weeks since Conor McGregor lost via doctor’s stoppage to Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264. He has stayed in the headlines since that time, albeit not necessarily for the right reasons. Today, we’ll discuss the details of Conor McGregor’s wheelchair fight scheduled to take place in September.

Many are likely unaware of the news that McGregor plans to box an opponent while in a wheelchair this fall. It’s a strange move, yet is being done for a good cause.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Conor McGregor Continues to Make Headlines in the MMA World

There has never been a rise to superstardom in MMA as quickly as Conor McGregor’s. He debuted with the UFC in 2013. Just three years later, he was widely considered to be the most popular combat sports athlete on the planet.

After winning the UFC’s lightweight title in 2016, McGregor’s time as a competitor began to dwindle. He famously competed with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 in what ended up being one of the most profitable fights in history. He has since fought in the UFC four times, losing three of those bouts via stoppage.

McGregor has most recently competed twice against Dustin Poirier. Their trilogy fight took place this past July in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both men came out firing in the first round, yet Poirier was getting the better of the action. At the end of the round, McGregor’s leg broke and the fight was called out shortly after.

Conor hasn’t necessarily stayed outside of the public spotlight since the loss. He has been recovering in Los Angeles and (unfortunately) has been more active on social media than in the past. McGregor rubbed many fans the wrong way with a bizarre Tweet discussing the death of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father due to Covid-19.

McGregor doesn’t seem ready to call an end to his time as a fighter. He believes he will return to the UFC in 2022 and continues to call for another bout against Dustin Poirier. Of course, Poirier is now expected to compete for the lightweight title against Charles Oliviera at some point later this year.

Fans may not have to wait much longer to see Conor McGregor fighting in at least some capacity. He is now scheduled to fight while in a wheelchair this fall!

Conor McGregor’s Wheelchair Fight is Scheduled to Take Place on September 11

The injury that Conor McGregor sustained against Dustin Poirier is a serious one. He has already undergone surgery and will now need to take part in physical therapy for months in order to regain strength in his leg. Whether or not he will ever be at the same physical level that he was prior to UFC 264 remains to be seen.

Conor isn’t completely staying away from the fight game, though. This week, news broke that the Irishman will be competing in an unusual celebrity fight against well-known comedic imitator Al Foran on September 11 in Galway, Ireland. As the name suggests, these men will be boxing while sitting in wheelchairs.

All of the money earned from Conor McGregor’s wheelchair fight will go to charity. Tens of thousands of dollars have already come in from this contest. That includes €10,000 from Conor McGregor himself. Stevo Timothy, a wheelchair-bound comedian also set to compete on this card, announced this news to the public this week.

“Drum roll ladies and gentlemen,” Timothy wrote. “The co-main event: @TheNotoriousMMA v @ImpressionistAL aka The Notorious v The Notorious Impressionist all in aid of the @IrishWheelchair.”

How serious is all of this news? It’s difficult to know. Even in a wheelchair, Conor McGregor would have a massive advantage over Al Foran. It’s hard to imagine him attempting to land real shots on the comedian, yet anything is possible with Conor McGregor.

This is all being done for a good cause. It may help to further boost Conor’s drive for combat sports. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this bout as it draws closer!

When is Oliveira vs. Poirier Taking Place?

The UFC’s lightweight division has been one of the deepest and most competitive in all of MMA for many years. That is still the case, despite Khabib Nurmagomedov returning from competition last year. Charles Oliveira is now the champion at 155-pounds and is expected to defend his title against Dustin Poirier at some point this year.

An official date for this bout has not yet been announced. Some feel that it could take place as the co-main event of UFC 268 on November 6. That card is also set to feature the highly anticipated rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.

Some are already heading over to BetOnline to make their wagers on how the next lightweight title fight will play out! This site is considered by many to be the best MMA betting site in the world. It is providing some fantastic odds for the upcoming fight between Oliveira and Poirier.

Charles Oliveira is currently listed as the +130 underdog in this fight. He is one of the best finishers in the UFC and seems to be in his fighting prime. He is good everywhere and certainly has the skills to give Poirier trouble.

Dustin Poirier seems to be better than ever right now after two straight wins over Conor McGregor. He is a devastating striker with world-class submissions. BetOnline lists “The Diamond” as the -150 favorite in this fight.

Were you surprised to hear about Conor McGregor’s wheelchair fight? Do you think he will ever compete in MMA again? Let us know in the comments section below!

Kevin Oldroyd

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