'A f***ing handful' – UFC chief Dana White praises 'loyal' Conor McGregor as Irishman prepares for return from injury

CONOR MCGREGOR has been praised by UFC president Dana White for his loyalty ahead of his octagon return.

The Irishman snapped his tibia against Dustin Poirier back at UFC 264 in the pair’s trilogy fight and has been sidelined since.

The 33-year-old is planning to step-up his preparations for a comeback in April by returning to full contact sparring.

And he will then announce who his next opponent will be shortly after that.

White has already previously praised McGregor’s willingness to fight anyone as well as battling through injuries to ensure his fights went ahead.

Now he has listed the Notorious along with fellow UFC legend Ronda Rousey as ‘incredibly loyal’.

White told 'THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas': “There's been a lot of fighters that have been incredibly loyal to me and I've been incredibly loyal to them.

“Conor McGregor's one of them. Conor's a f****** handful boy, but when you look at the way fighters are built, they're different to everybody else on this planet.

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“The Ronda Rouseys, Chuck Liddells, Matt Hughes, Conor McGregor, I don't want to not mention people but there's been a lot of fighters over the last 20 years that have been very loyal.”

McGregor has bulked up to ‘190lb of granite’ during his time out but will need to cut down to lightweight upon his UFC return.

He has called for a title shot against Charles Oliveira next year – even though he only has one win at that weight in the previous five years.

White also refused to rule out the chances of McGregor leapfrogging top contender Justin Gaethje to fight Oliveira recently.

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