Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 31, of Dublin, Ireland has made an announcement about his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon. The Irish mixed martial artist talked to the media at a press conference in Moscow, Russia on October 24, 2019.
“I have some news for you all, for the world, here today,” McGregor told the media. “For me, I wish to compete here in Moscow, Russia. We know that. This is known.”
On October 6, 2018, McGregor challenged reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia in the main event of “UFC 229” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States. Referee Herb Dean put a stop to the title bout after 3 minutes and 3 seconds in the fourth round when the defending champion submitted his Irish challenger via neck crank.
Since “UFC 229,” McGregor has yet to compete again in a professional MMA bout. He said, “The people of Russia deserve this inevitable rematch to take place here in Moscow and it will happen.”
“However, I am not waiting around for that man,” McGregor said of Nurmagomedov. “That man is a known pullout, a known fearer of risk. He does not take risk so for me, I am not waiting around.”
McGregor went on to announce that his next UFC bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020. However, he did not confirm whether or not his opponent is Nurmagomedov.
“As far as the opponent, I have the opponent’s name but for me and the game that I’m in, and from experience, if I was to give you people the name, which I would love to do, I know the UFC would flip it because they are a crafty company,” McGregor said. “For me, here’s this one. Ask the UFC who the opponent is because I do not give a f–k who the opponent is.”
While Nurmagomedov is still an undefeated MMA fighter with 28 wins and 0 loss, McGregor currently has 21 wins and 4 losses. Here is the Irish fighter at a recent press conference in Moscow: