Former UFC champion Conor McGregor says he will return to the Octagon in January. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty
Former UFC champion Conor McGregor says he will return to the Octagon in January. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty

McGregor drops UFC comeback bombshell

CONOR McGregor will return to mixed martial arts in January with a UFC fight in Las Vegas.

The Irish fighter said Thursday he will return "fully focused" on January 18 at the T-Mobile Arena.

"That is my comeback fight. It is 12 weeks this Saturday. I am in prime physical condition. I have agreed the date with the company," McGregor said, adding that he knows his opponent's name but won't reveal it.

"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."

Live stream UFC Fight Night 162 Maia v Askren with with ESPN on KAYO. Get your 14-day free trial and start streaming instantly >

The 31-year-old McGregor hasn't fought since losing by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. He was banned for six months and fined $50,000 for his part in a post-fight brawl.

McGregor said he is targeting two more fights, including a rematch with Nurmagomedov in Moscow. He also aimed a string of insults at the Russian fighter.

After the Jan. 18 fight, McGregor said he would then like to fight the winner of the Nov. 3 bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, followed by either Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson.

McGregor hasn’t fought since 2018. Picture: AP/Pavel Golovkin
McGregor hasn’t fought since 2018. Picture: AP/Pavel Golovkin

"I'm going to go through the entire roster like a chainsaw through butter," he said.

McGregor's return comes as he faces more legal issues. He is facing an assault charge in Ireland over an incident in which he appeared to punch a man in a bar. He said he is planning to abstain from alcohol and late nights in the run-up to his next fight.

"I am focused here," McGregor said. "I am structured now."

News Corp Australia

Eight Northern Rivers eateries fined by food authority

premium_icon Eight Northern Rivers eateries fined by food authority

LOCAL eateries and supermarkets were issued food safety fines.

Helping make childbirth a positive experience

premium_icon Helping make childbirth a positive experience

A LOCAL midwife and calmbirth educator is opening a pre-and post birth support...

Region’s shorts on show at festival

premium_icon Region’s shorts on show at festival

Flickerfest, and its array of local and international films, comes to the Northern...