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MMA superstar Conor McGregor is preparing to make a statement of intent as he plans to fight three times in UFC in 2020, according to reports.
The 31-year-old Irishman has been out of the octagon since his sensational defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in 2018.
But McGregor announced in October that he would make a stunning comeback to UFC next year and his return fight is scheduled against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January.
According to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, the Irish superstar has a timeline in place for his 2020 fight schedule.
"Okay, so he has laid out this plan that he wants to fight three times next year," he told SportsCenter.
"And he hasn't done that in over three years as well, so it's a pretty lofty goal.
"But he believes that when he is active, then he's not getting distracted, he's not getting in trouble. He's very focused.
"And people are telling me right now that they haven't seen him this focused in a very long time."
Talking McGregor vs. Cerrone on SportsCenter this AM with @RandyScottESPN, and why it's the perfect fight for both. pic.twitter.com/BcIeN0V7pb
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 29, 2019
Helwani claims that McGregor will target Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz in the summer before reigniting his rivalry with Khabib before the end of 2020.
"You hear this a lot in the fight game, but he's going to sleep early, he's waking up early," he said.
"He wants to prove to everyone that thinks he's shot that they are wrong.
"So he wants to fight January 18th. In fact, he wanted to fight in December, but the UFC didn't give him that opportunity.
"So he wanted to fight at the beginning of the year, then he wants to return towards spring/summer, maybe fight Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz.
"Perhaps that's why this fight is happening at 170: to prove that he can hang with the welterweights.
"And then he wants to fight at the end of the year against Khabib Nurmagomedov, if he is still the champion, in Moscow. He wants to right that wrong.
"He wants to win those two fights, get the title fight and shut everyone up."
McGregor has continued to keep his rivalry with Khabib alive and called for the rematch to take place in Moscow.
Book my rematch for Moscow.
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
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