UFC superstar Conor McGregor will be 'back on the mats' in the next 'couple of weeks'.
The MMA mogul suffered a horrific broken leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in July but quickly returned to his feet to resume weight training.
And The Notorious is set to resume regular training with head coach and mentor John Kavanagh after four hard months of recovery.
During an appearance on Submission Radio, the SBG Ireland chief said: “He’s going to be back in the gym, he’s going to be back on the mats now in the next couple of weeks with me.
“He’s doing a lot of strength training at the moment.
"The guys is jacked. I think he’s coming back as a middleweight (laughs).
"But he’ll be back on the mats with me now shortly and we’ll start off with combat sports training again.
"And, he’s getting some, um… I always have to choose my words carefully here, but look, we’ll start with drills.
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“I actually joked with him, I said, ‘look, I’d rather if we just start off with some techniques, some drills, let’s see how you’re going’.
"And he’s like, ‘no, I’m going to do five by five, that’s what I’m coming back to do’.
"And I’m like, oh, great, you know, we’re straight into full combat training again."
McGregor, 33, is champing at the bit to get back inside the octagon once his leg has fully recovered and is already eyeing a lightweight title fight.
Coach Kavanagh is unaware of the ETA for the return of the Mac but is confident his most famous student will compete next year.
The Irish MMA pioneer said of his most famous student: "He’s very enthusiastic, very upbeat, very excited to attack 2022.
"And I’m not sure when he’ll be back, but he’ll be back.”
McGregor shattered his left tibia and fibula in his rubber match with The Diamond, which he lost via first-round TKO.
But he resumed physical training just weeks after the horrific setback.
And manager Audie Attar recently revealed to SunSport the Dubliner's recovery is 'ahead of schedule'
The Paradigm Sports Management chief told SunSport: "He's ahead of schedule.
"We not only just got our x-ray results [back], [we got] our ultrasound results and CT scan results.
"And when I look at the view of the x-ray myself, it's healing so beautifully.
"He's only 10-and-a-half weeks out of surgery and he's walking.
"And he's actually doing s**t that we don't want him to do like throwing the first pitch at the Cubs game."
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