Conor McGregor Announces His UFC Return In January 2020

Conor McGregor told reporters at a news conference Thursday in Moscow that he will fight January 18 in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena. McGregor said he knows whom he’ll fight, but would not reveal the name. Reports are saying that either Donald Cerrone or Justin Gaethje were the top two possibilities, with Cerrone the more likely choice.

McGregor said, ““I have agreed the date with the company. As for the opponent, I have the opponent’s name. But for me, the game that I am in and from experience, if I was to give you people the name as I would love to do, I know the UFC would flip it, because they are a crafty company. So for me, here’s this one. Ask the UFC who the opponent is because I do not give a [expletive] who the opponent is. Jan. 18, the return of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor. Twelve weeks this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.”

McGregor also said he has already begun training for the fight, which he said will be the beginning of a “season” in which he intends to fight three times. After the January event, he intends to face the winner of the UFC 244 main event between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal on November 2, and is eyeing a fight for the UFC lightweight title against the winner of a possible bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov, the champion, and Tony Ferguson.

McGregor says he’ll return to Octagon on Jan. 18


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