“The color of the panties has not changed”

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Audie Attar, the manager and representative of former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor, said the appeal of fighting the Dubliner remains as high as ever for his compatriots on the roster, now that the “color of panties” has not changed despite the old one. recent form.

Tasked with snapping a two-game losing streak for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career in his impending return to the Octagon, current No. 12-ranked lightweight contender Conor McGregor has been out of action since July last year.

Sidelined for the next 14 months, the 34-year-old forward lost a first-round doctor stoppage TKO loss to three-time opponent Dustin Poirier, fracturing his left tibia in the closing stages of the first. frame.

Conor McGregor suffered his first-ever knockout loss in MMA last year

The loss came as the Crumlin native was trotting second against former interim 155-pound champion Poirier, who stopped McGregor with a series of second-round strikes in January last year. The defeat came as the first time McGregor had been stopped with professional strikes to boot.

Linked with a slew of potential opponents on his return – both lightweight and welterweight, McGregor is unlikely to feature in the Octagon in 2022, with an early 2023 return seen as the most likely outcome for the mainstay of the Straight Blast Gym.

According to Attar, the counter-attacker’s manager, his client is still chomping at the bit to get back in the Octagon and on top of the sport once again.

“Above all, he (Conor McGregor) loves this sport,” Audie Attar told MMA Junkie. “I think that’s the one thing that’s very special about him. That’s why it’s allowed him to achieve a level of success that most fighters aspire to achieve. He loves that. The second part is that he is a competitor.

“Does he have more ambitions and goals he wants to achieve? Absolutely,” Attar added. “I think that’s what makes it so special and so intriguing and it’s going to be an interesting story, and I believe it’s going to be the biggest comeback in the history of the sport.”

Highlighting the appeal of still landing a fight with McGregor – Attar pointed to the latter’s infamous 2015 soundbite of “red panty night”, insisting that the urge to fight his client always remains at its peak.

“I mean, Conor said it best: It’s red panty night when you fight him,” Attar said. “So ultimately I don’t think that has changed. The color of the panties hasn’t changed. So ultimately I think a lot of fighters want that. They want that payday, but they want also that this experience can say that they fought Conor McGregor. They all aspire to win this fight, and so it’s a normal thing. I don’t think anyone is shocked by that.


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