Conor McGregor says he is “almost back” and set for UFC return in July.

Conor McGregor says he is “almost back” and is aiming to return to the UFC Octagon in July as he steps up his recovery from a broken leg.

McGregor’s competitive future was in doubt after he suffered the injury during a trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier in July 2021, but the Irishman fully expects to resume his career.

McGregor, in attendance at Friday’s Bellator 275 in Dublin, told Severe MMA: “Day-by-day, I feel better. They’re telling me to take it easy, but I feel I can go. I feel like I need to pull the reins back on my own self, so that’s kind of what I’m doing… I’m happy with it. I’m almost back and that’s it.”

The 33-year-old believes he can be back in sparring by April, with the UFC’s annual International Fight Week on July 2 in Las Vegas a potential return date.

McGregor hinted if Charles Oliveira held off his UFC lightweight championship defense against Justin Gaethje in May, the pair could fight in the July defence.

Maybe if your man [Oliveira] is wise, he might give it another month or two,” McGregor said. “July seems OK to me. I can’t say, too early. But July, if I’m sparring April, May, June, July, I could slap the head off most of these guys at the end of April, do you know what I’m saying? A spar could be a fight.”

McGregor broke his foot in a freak accident in his last bout with Justin Gaethje

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