McGregor expected to return mid-2014

Conor McGregor is looking to be a medical miracle with his

recovery from

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coaches and management team are keeping an close eye on things to

make sure he doesn’t push past his limits.

The young Irish featherweight has been residing in Los Angeles

for the past several weeks as he rehabilitates his injured knee,

going through the exact same routines that UFC welterweight

champion Georges St-Pierre underwent after he had knee surgery.

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McGregor is currently 10 weeks out from the surgery and he’s

already running on an anti-gravity treadmill to get back in shape

for his return to the Octagon in 2014. This is the same machine

that Kobe Bryant used when he was recovering from an Achilles’

injury while working to get back to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier

this year. Ironically enough, the same doctor that did the surgery

on Bryant’s Achilles also handled McGregor’s knee as well.

McGregor posted a video of his progress on Facebook last week

before he flew to Las Vegas to catch UFC 167 front row alongside

Michael Bisping and UFC Hall of Famers Forrest Griffin and Stephan

Bonnar.

According to McGregor’s management team at Paradigm Sports

Management, the Irishman is already ahead of schedule running at

50-percent of his body weight while using the anti-gravity

treadmill. The current schedule for McGregor will have him back in

training in about six months, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be

fighting quite that soon.

The idea is for McGregor to get back into training in six months

and then spend four to six weeks getting his body back in prime

fighting shape while testing out the knee. From there, McGregor

should be able to book a fight, which they estimate to be in about

eight months time.

“40 to 48 week range for his return (from surgery to back in the

Octagon),” his management team stated when speaking to FOX

Sports.

The timeline is currently set at late May or June 2014 for

McGregor to get back in action, which could possibly coincide with

the UFC’s plans to hold an event in Dublin, Ireland next year.

McGregor taking part on that card only makes sense because he is

the biggest start on the UFC’s roster from Ireland, and his return

there would certainly send the local fans into a frenzy.

As of now, McGregor will continue to work and rehab his knee in

Los Angeles until he is recovered enough to go home in a few months

to Ireland and start his training to prepare for a return to the

Octagon.