Conor McGregor's shot at third belt boosted by former foe

Conor McGregor reveals he almost returned to UFC in May

Conor McGregor reveals he almost returned to UFC in May

On Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) fights Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) for an interim welterweight title, and it's a fight the Brazilian said he only signed up for because Woodley wasn't going to be ready - or so he thought - and he wanted to stay active.

Conor McGregor's UFC return has been delayed yet again, but that hasn't stopped his former - and possibly future - opponents talking about him. "But I'm also willing to fight all these other guys". And during the lead up to the fight, Covington has kept his brash ways about him and delivered some very harsh - and sometimes even over the line - trash talk. Long before achieving his dream in becoming the UFC welterweight champion, Woodley had taken a journey full of twists and turns, but when you actually sit down an think about it, it's more of him being at the right place at the right time and always staying ready.

"I have to win for me - for my family and for myself". I have no doubts in my mind.

"I'm projected to be back August 4", Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio. I had a good run at lightweight and now I went to welterweight and I've been having a good run.

UFC 224 took place in Brazil, and any legal issues McGregor is going through could easily preclude him from traveling overseas to fight. Then it's time to go up to 185 [pounds], and I want that belt and I want to defend. The bout was Covington's first opportunity at a UFC title, and RDA's chance to become a two division champion, as he formerly held the UFC Lightweight title.

Colby executed his grinding style throughout the fight and forced RDA to work and carry his weight.

He was replaced by Stockton's Nate Diaz in that event, who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by defeating Conor by submission on the ground. "Physically, mentally I'm at the best moment of my career and I'm just enjoying what I'm doing".

"Oh yeah, I got really frustrated because I didn't make it to the fight", he said. I had 37 professional fights and I had never pulled out of a fight due to injury, and that was the first fight.

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