Conor McGregor to Fight in UFC 229 on October 6

Conor Mc Gregor Celebrates

At the end of a press conference that was meant to drum up excitement for the company's coming slate of fights, UFC president Dana White introduced a video that announced the long-awaited return of Conor McGregor for a lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.

Nurmagomedov claimed the vacant belt by defeating Al Iaquinta - a late stand-in after the withdrawals of Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway - by unanimous decision, and his first defence will be against McGregor.

A out between these two rivals has been on the cards since UFC 223, when McGregor attacked a bus which contained Nurmagomedov. 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).

McGregor was arrested, but was sentenced last month to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal.

The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre spoke to Submission Radio for a recent interview and admitted that he would be interested in taking on the victor of the UFC 229 main-event.

Nurmagomedov has been one of the pound-for-pound greats of MMA, racking up 10 consecutive victories since joining the UFC.

In March, Georges St-Pierre explained on the MMA Hour why he didn't believe he would return to fight Conor McGregor. McGregor's standing as one of the most bankable stars on the planet probably helped his cause, too, and the build-up to this event promises to be intriguing, at the very least.

The Ultimate Fighter victor added that he is not sure if he will fight at UFC 230.

In a video interview this week, the San Jose-based Nurmagomedov touted his belt and his dominance in pushing the UFC to properly pay him in accordance with McGregor, the organization's leading draw.

The battle will be far from a cakewalk for McGregor.

"It's time to roll", Diaz said following his own two-year absence.

"Suspended? He hasn't fought in 2 years".

Diaz didn't seem happy about the surprise announcement of McGregor's next bout.

To add fuel to the fire, Diaz's scheduled opponent at UFC 230, Dustin Poirier, also hit the internet to express the similar sentiment of not taking part in the fight.

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