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Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Conor McGregor Finally Booking UFC Return, Ryan Garcia’s Upset Win Over Devin Haney

23 April - 53 mins explicit
Podcast Series MMA Fighting

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest news in combat sports including Conor McGregor finally booking his return to action at UFC 303.

It’s been three years since McGregor last fought, which raised some doubts about whether he would ever return to compete again, but he’s now scheduled to fight Michael Chandler in June. But what kind of expectations should we have for McGregor in 2024 with his last truly meaningful win coming all the way back in 2016 when he demolished Eddie Alvarez to become a two-division champion?

How dangerous is Chandler as an opponent in McGregor’s return?

Plus we’ll talk about...

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