Conor McGregor: The Fight with Khabib will take place – News
The promotion’s former lightweight champion hasn’t set foot inside the cage since claiming the 155lbs title in the main event of UFC 205.
A staggering 19 months have passed since that historic night at Madison Square Garden, and only now does it look like the Irishman will return to the mixed martial arts world.
The UFC brass is keen on having McGregor be welcomed back to the Octagon by Khabib Nurmagomedov, his successor at the summit of the lightweight division.
And according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, they’re eager to have him fight at UFC 229 on October 6 or UFC 232 on December 29.
“Conor really hasn’t said much,” Helwani told Molly Querim during an Instagram Live broadcast. “He’s very quiet because of the legal stuff.
“That should hopefully get wrapped up on July 26 in Brooklyn. So then we’ll get a better sense of when he’ll be able to return.
“But that’s the fight, no doubt about it, that the UFC wants. And they’re hoping that he’ll return, Conor will, in October or December.
“When the UFC give me fight, I’m going to come to California and I’m going to stay there in AKA with my family nine weeks before fight.
“I’m going to defend my title, Inshallah (god willing), this year. This year, I want to defend my title. About opponents, I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t know.
“But the UFC is working on fight, me versus Conor.”
UFC president Dana White is keen for Nurmagomedov vs McGregor to take place by the end of the year but admits the promotion can’t book the fight until the culmination of the latter’s ongoing court case, the result of his actions at the UFC 223 media day.
“That’s the fight to make,” White said during a recent appearance on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast.
“But there’s no fight to make until we figure out what happens with Conor.”