UFC News – Conor McGregor Announces UFC Comeback
The long-awaited return to the octagon has finally been announced by Conor McGregor.
He has revealed that he will once again compete on the UFC stage on January 18th in Las Vegas.
The announcement came just eight months after the Irishman announced his retirement from the sport. McGregor hasn’t been seen in an octagon since his defeat to Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 at UFC 229.
The much-loved UFC star told a news conference on Thursday that he is “in prime physical condition” to fight.
“This date is agreed. I don’t care who will be my opponent,” McGregor said.
He added that he had agreed on the return date with the UFC and that he would also seek a later bout in Moscow against the winner of Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. That bout is set to take place in early 2020.
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“I will focus on the fight. I will not drink alcohol.”
McGregor made his MMA debut back in 2007 where he won the interim featherweight title with a knockout victory over Jose Aldo inside the opening 13 seconds.
He first announced his retirement in April 2016 but issued a retraction later that month. His bout following that decision was the one against Nurmagomedov two years later.
In 2018, he was ordered to have anger management training and perform five days of community service by a court in return for criminal charges being dropped after he had attacked a bus containing rival UFC fighters.
Video footage appeared to show McGregor throwing a railing at a bus carrying Khabib and a number of other UFC fighters.
In March, McGregor was arrested again in Miami for allegedly smashing a fan’s phone. However, the charges were later dropped by the fan.
“I’m getting back in a good form,” McGregor added.
“It’s important for me to get back in a good form. It’s very difficult to win year after year.”
One potential opponent for McGregor’s comeback fight could be Nate Diaz. he threatened to drop out of his fight with Jorge Masvidal this week after testing positive for a banned substance.
Diaz reiterated his innocence and reacted angrily to the news. He posted on Twitter: “I’m not gonna make it out to NYC for fight week next week because they say I tested with elevated levels that they say might be from some tainted supplements.
“I call false on that cause I only take Whole Food or natural food supplements. I don’t even eat meat. So until UFC, Usada or whoever is F***ING with me Fixes it, I won’t be competing.”
McGregor wasted little time in raising the ante by posting on social media. The pair had famously met at UFC 196 and UFC 202, with each fighter recording a win.
Diaz referred to himself as the “realest baddest mother f***er in the game”. McGregor took aim at that in his tweet.
“There’s only one Bad Mother F***er in this game, and he is the weight jumping, sport crossing, country invading, whiskey-drinking Irish animal typing this tweet right now,” McGregor said.
“Right here from his presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Moscow. See you all soon.”
There would certainly be money in the trilogy fight between the pair, with each of the previous bouts breaking UFC records at the time.
However, online bookmakers would make McGregor the early favourite for that bout regardless of his limited time spent in the octagon over recent years.
Diaz has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.