Conor McGregor returns to UFC with title fight in October

Mae Harvey
August 7, 2018

I fought at 185 then I relinquished the title, I don't think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155 (laughs). As expected, Dana White hosted the UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference, and he was joined on stage by a litany of MMA fighters, including Tyron Woodley, Darren Till, Nicco Montano, Valentina Shevchenko, Derek Brunson, and Israel Adesanya.

Nurmagomedov succeeded the Irishman as the title holder and the fight between the current champion and the old hero is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on October 6th.

Those include a September 8 pay-per-view card in Dallas headlined by the Tyron Woodley-Darren Till welterweight title fight and a December 29 card in Las Vegas likely to feature a fight between women's champions Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, although negotiations continue. It's gonna be a big fight.

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, which he added to his featherweight belt to become the first man to hold titles in two UFC divisions simultaneously.

Two words: McGregor's back.

GSP returned to competition in November after four years away from the sport to win the middleweight title with a submission victory in the third round over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Derek Brunson had some momentum going for him in the UFC after claiming a two-fight win streak, but that momentum was stopped when he was knocked out in the first round by Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza last January.

Footage appeared to show him rushing a bus on which Nurmagomedov was a passenger. Last month he was sentenced to five days of community service in the United States after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.

And just as millions of fans will be watching the fight with interest, fighters will also be watching the UFC 229 main event attentively, including one many, including Khabib, consider the greatest of all time: Georges St. Pierre.

"The thing is, Conor McGregor, money-wise, I believe is the one that can put the most money on the table". But it seems time and no lack of contrition from McGregor has softened the UFC president's stance as he told ESPN: "Conor came and did what he did and didn't expect the results that happened".

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