Conor McGregor is back. On Friday, Aug. 3, the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed that McGregor will return to action this fall for a meeting with current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The fight was officially announced during a special 25th anniversary press conference in Los Angeles.
Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor will take place Saturday, Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on pay-per-view.
The official announcement of the lightweight title fight comes just days after the brash Irishman spoke to TMZ Sports and said that an agreement for the bout was “close.”
Conor McGregor last fought in the UFC on November 12, 2016, defeating Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC lightweight championship. At the time of his big win, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two different weight classes simultaneously; he was also the featherweight champion at the time.
Since that fight, McGregor was stripped of both belts, welcomed his first child to the world, and dabbled in the boxing world for a superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now, he is finally ready to step back into the cage to attempt to reclaim the title that he believes is still his.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, claimed the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 223 on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov scored a unanimous decision victory win over Al Iaquinta in the main event. Khabib was initially scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the title, but the bout fell through in the final days leading up to the event and Iaquinta stepped up on short notice.
There are currently no other bouts scheduled for the event, but we can expect fights to be added in the coming weeks.