‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has officially announced a date for his return to the Octagon. Speaking at a press event in Russia on Thursday morning, McGregor confirmed he would be returning to mixed-martial-arts competition on January 18th. 2020. The Dubliner also called for a meeting against the winner of the UFC 244 headlining bout between Jorge Masvidal and rival Nate Diaz for the BMF championship, before once more challenging either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson for the 155 pound title.
The 31-year-old counter striker elected against naming his January opponent at the press event, but made his intentions for the next calendar year well known. “I would like to announce the return of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor will take place on January 18th. in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That is my comeback fight. It’s twelve weeks from today. I’m in prime physical condition. I have agreed the date with the (UFC). As far as the opponent, I have the opponent’s name, but for me, the game I am in and from experience, if I was to give you people the name, which I would love to do, the UFC would flip it. Because they’re a crafty company. So for me.”
Rumoured opponent Dustin Poirier recently took to social media to announced he would undergo hip surgery on Thursday, which would sideline the Louisiana native until February or March at the latest, so brakes must be pumped on a Poirier vs. McGregor II matchup for the time being. Despite electing against naming January’s opponent, McGregor did call for either Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz.
“So for me, here’s this one. Ask the UFC who the opponent is, because I do not give a f**k. January 18th. the return of the ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That will be the beginning of my season. I will then look to compete against the winner of Nate Diaz – Jorge Masvidal for the bad motherf**ker title. Obviously I have history with Nate Diaz, we are set to make the trilogy bout, so we will see how that goes.”
Ahead of a potentially busy 2020 for the Crumlin striker, McGregor also laid down his plans to fight for the lightweight championship again, whether that be against Khabib Nurmagomedov once more, or standing across from Tony Ferguson.
“Then I will seek a Moscow bout and it will be against the winner of Tony Ferguson – Khabib Nurmagomedov, that is the bout we want. We want this bout in Moscow. The people of the world deserve this bout to take place. It is an inevitable rematch. It is a rematch that I will come in sharp, fresh, I will have no injuries. I will have no alcohol, I will have no outside influences, I will be fully focused – exactly what the people deserve. Exactly what the fans deserve, and we will settle it once for all. Like I said, January 18th. the return of a fully focused ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ask the UFC who the opponent is, because I do not give a f**k. I am going to go through the entire roster like a chainsaw through butter, make no mistake about that.”
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