Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC may not be official, but the former two division champion may have a city in mind for his return.
“We’ll see what happens,” McGregor told TMZ cameras on Tuesday. “I’d love to fight in the Garden again. But I believe this one is Las Vegas.”
If it is a Vegas return, the soonest McGregor could fight would be UFC 229 on October 6th, but the most likely option would be UFC 232 on December 29th, both events at the T-Mobile Arena.
McGregor would not answer who is opponent would be for his return to the Octagon, but many assume it’ll be his current rival and UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The rivalry would turn into a deep and personal issue the week of UFC 223, where the Irish star would fly out nearly a dozen associates to confront Nurmagomedov, following a perceived slight from the current champion to McGregor’s training partner Artem Lobov.
McGregor would end up invading the UFC 223 media day, and then attack a bus he believed to contain Khabib, going as far as throwing a dolly at the bus, shattering a window. McGregor would be in a protracted legal battle that would yield him five days of community service, one to three days of anger management evaluation and will be required to pay restitution for the damage he caused on the bus.
McGregor said he was “pushing for” coming back before the end of 2018 and that a deal was “very close.”
“It’s not official, but we’re close,” McGregor said.
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