Joe Rogan claims UFC have 'set up' Conor McGregor title fight in comeback fight by snubbing Khabib's pal Islam Makhachev

CONOR MCGREGOR is poised to get a crack at the lightweight title in his comeback fight, UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes.

McGregor, 33, will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of champion Charles Oliveira's second title defence against Justin Gaethje in May.

And Rogan reckons Dana White's recent decision to re-book the in-form Islam Makhachev against Beneil Dariush has paved the way for The Notorious to slide in and face the winner of Oliveira vs Gaethje later this year.

He said: “When Dana said that Makhachev now has to fight Beneil Dariush before he can fight for the title, I think that sets up a Conor fight (for the title).

"I think that’s probably why he really did it. “It’s kind of crazy.”

McGregor, 22-6, hasn't tasted victory at lightweight since his masterclass against former champion Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

But UFC president White has defended the prospect of the Irishman fighting for gold in his comeback fight.

He told The Underground: “The problem is, every time I do a f***ing interview, all anybody wants to ask is, ‘You think Conor McGregor will get a f***ing title shot?’



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"That’s all they f***ing ask.

"So, I’m gonna say, ‘Well Conor McGregor isn’t anywhere near coming back yet, so I don’t know, let’s see what happens…’

“And anybody who’s p****d off because Conor might f***ing get (a title shot), you’re a f***ingidiot too.

"If that p****s you off, Jesus Christ. Calm down, buddy.”

Former two-division champion McGregor is still recovering from the horrific broken leg he suffered in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last July.

And he's currently targeting a summer return to the cage, saying: "I would like [to return at] International Fight Week.

"But we'll see, though. I've got to take it day by day.

"April they said I'd be back sparring, back twisting and turning. I was told I could box a couple of months back and then all of sudden, I couldn't box.

"So I'm just taking it day by day, there's no rush. I'm in a great place mentally.

"Physically, I feel strong, I feel energetic. I'm always eager to get in and fight, so [I'll] just take it day by day and it'll happen.

"It will happen when the Lord wants it to happen."


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