Former MMA champion Ben Askren has made a bold prediction regarding the upcoming landmark UFC 300 event. According to Askren, superstar Conor McGregor will not be included on the highly anticipated card.
Speculation Surrounds UFC 300
With no official date or venue announced for UFC 300, fans and experts have been buzzing with rumors about who will be featured in the historic event. McGregor's name has been thrown into the mix, but Askren believes otherwise.
McGregor's Last Fight
Conor McGregor has been absent from the octagon since July 2021, when he suffered a leg injury during his fight against Dustin Poirier. This prolonged absence has only fueled speculation about his potential return.
Ben Askren, a former Bellator champion and UFC star, shared his thoughts on the matter. He believes that Israel Adesanya, the current middleweight champion, will move up to the light-heavyweight division for a rematch against Alex Pereira.
Askren stated, "I thought maybe he'd go bump up to fight Pereira again. Because Pereira seems to want that. So I think that's one route you could go: Pereira vs. Adesanya. I think people would be into that."
As for McGregor's potential return, Askren expressed doubts, saying, "People would be really into the return of Conor McGregor, but I'm not sure it's actually happening. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting, it may happen, it may not, we'll see."
Adesanya vs. Pereira
Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira have a history in combat sports. Pereira defeated Adesanya twice in kickboxing, but Adesanya got his revenge with a knockout victory in their most recent UFC bout. However, Pereira has since moved up to the light-heavyweight division and won the belt.
Adesanya's Loss and McGregor's Potential Opponent
Adesanya suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Sean Strickland, resulting in the loss of his middleweight belt. On the other hand, McGregor is expected to face Michael Chandler in his comeback fight, following their coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter reality series.
Only time will tell who will ultimately make it onto the historic UFC 300 card. Fans around the world eagerly await the official announcement.
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