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''Focused'' Conor McGregor Announces His Octagon Return In 2020

Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje have been proposed as potential opponents
13:00, 24 Oct 2019

Conor McGregor has come out of MMA retirement and announced his return to UFC at the start of next year.

The 31-year-old has not fought since his defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018 but is set for a return to the Octagon on January 18, 2020.

Speaking at a press conference in Russia, the homeland of his last opponent, McGregor insisted he is “in prime physical condition” and revealed that the date has been agreed.

As for who he’ll come up against, he nonchalantly said: “I don't care who will be my opponent.”

As it stands, it has been suggested that Donald Cerrone is the frontrunner to take on McGregor while Justin Gaethje is also an option.

Having agreed to return with the UFC, a rematch with Nurmagomedov is in the pipeline, should the Russian defeat Tony Ferguson.

McGregor is raring to go and live his life accordingly.

"It takes 66 days to form a habit. Now I go to bed early and get up early," he said, before highlighting his major wealth. "A structured approach is the key to success. All billionaires must be organised. 

"I will focus on the fight, I will not drink alcohol.

"I'm getting back in a good form," he added. "It's important for me to get back in a good form. It's very difficult to win year after year."

Having made his debut in 2007, he won the interim featherweight title by defeating Jose Aldo with a knockout blow inside 13 seconds in 2015.

McGregor called time on his career in April 2016 but returned to the ring to face nemesis Khabib two years later.

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