Conor McGregor cleared path to shock UFC title shot as he prepares for summer return nearly two years after breaking his leg

CONOR McGREGOR could be given a shock route back to the UFC title by Leon Edwards.

McGregor, 34, is poised for a return to the octagon this summer after being sidelined for all of 2022.

Conor McGregor in training for his UFC return

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Conor McGregor in training for his UFC returnPhoto credit: @TheNotoriousMMA

And he watched as Paradigm Management stablemate Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman to win the welterweight crown with a brutal kick.

With the pair under the same management umbrella, there could potentially be a massive title fight between them.

Edwards told talkSPORT, “If Conor comes back and pulls off a good welterweight win then it’s a fight I’d more than welcome.

“It would be a tremendous struggle for Europe, a tremendous struggle for everyone.

“Let him come back, get a good welterweight win and then we can talk from there.”

McGregor’s last fight was in July 2021 when he broke his leg in round one of this easy trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier, 34.

And he teased returning to welterweight, where he had two fights with Nate Diaz (37) and a 40-second knockout on Donald Cerrone (39).

It would move a step closer to a possible title fight against Edwards, 31.

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But first, the British star will defend his won belt against 35-year-old Usman in his own trilogy decider on March 18 in London.

Edwards said: “It feels great. That’s what most kids in MMA dream of doing – to headline a show in their hometown, most importantly, to be the champion.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m very excited. I would have loved Villa Park to have happened but home is home again.

“Having it at the O2, it’s a huge, iconic venue in the UK

“Hopefully one day we can come back to Birmingham and have Villa Park but it’s the O2 now and I can’t wait for fight night.”

Leon Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman with a headbutt

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Leon Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman with a headbuttPhoto credit: Getty

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