Conor McGregor To Return To UFC To Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov
After taking a hiatus from MMA back in 2017 to embark on a new boxing career, Conor McGregor will return to UFC, going toe-to-toe with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas in October.
Set to be one of the biggest fights in MMA history, McGregor will take on current title-holder Nurmagomedov on 6 October at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the event due to air on pay-per-view for anyone who wants to watch the action unfold at home.
It'll come at a good time for us all, as we've been spoilt with a long, hot summer of the World Cup, Formula One, golf, tennis and cricket, and will be needing to fill the void.
A press conference was held in conjunction for the promotion's 25th anniversary, which was where Dana White unveiled the good news.
"I wouldn't say this is a crossroads fight," White said, when he was asked what was at stake for McGregor's legacy.
"This is a very important fight for both fighters. For Khabib, who is undefeated and who is looked at as one of the best fighters in the world, beating Conor is massive for him.
"And obviously for Conor, coming back from a two-year layoff, in my opinion - and it's crazy to say this because of how popular he is around the world - but he's one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC. Everybody thinks because he speaks so well and gets so crazy and everything, it makes him sort of less of a fighter. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen."
White said that there wouldn't be any world tour to coincide with the fight, but added that UFC would do some 'fun stuff for the media, the fans'
"This is an easy fight to promote. But we'll put in the work."
Of course, McGregor's break from UFC has hardly seen him putting his feet up and catching up with all those Netflix docs he's had saved up.
Along with boxing, he's also been keeping himself busy by staying in the headlines, too.
Last April, he was arrested for his role in a bus attack in New York City. Footage of the incident was uploaded to Instagram by MMA fighter Felice Herrig with the caption 'Conor McGregor causing trouble', which was when Dana White said that an arrest warrant had been issued for the fighter.
He was spared jail after pleading guilty for his part in the incident, but has to pay restitution for the attack, as well as attend anger management courses and complete five days of community service.
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