Conor McGregor Looking At 2020 As A "Season", Will Have Three Fights Next Year
Conor McGregor's looking at 2020 as a "season" as the Irish fighter prepares for his highly-anticipated UFC return on January 18 in Las Vegas.
McGregor, 31, revealed his plans to fight three times next year, starting with January 18 against an unnamed opponent in America.
McGregor wanted to return on 12/14 but that didn't make financial sense since they already had the 3 title fights booked for that card. McGregor is looking at 2020 as "a season." He wants 3 fights next year: 1/18, winner of Masvidal/Diaz and then the winner of Khabib/Ferguson.
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 24, 2019
He'll then target the winner of Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz. They're set to meet at UFC 244 for the BMF title.
The former UFC double champion then wants a blockbuster rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow. The UFC lightweight champion is slated to defend his title against Tony Ferguson.
"That will be the beginning of my season," McGregor revealed at his press conference in Moscow when he announced his UFC return.
"I will then look to compete against the winner of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal for the Bad Motherf*cker title.
"Obviously, I have history with Nate Diaz, we are set to have the trilogy bout. We'll see how that one goes, I feel Nate will get the better of that one and then we will contest the trilogy bout.
Conor McGregor held a press conference in Russia today and he was quick to launch an attack on Khabib :eyes::flag_ru:
Now we wait for Khabib's response... it's getting fiery! :flushed: https://t.co/CRhfoWFa5U
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 24, 2019
"Then I will seek the Moscow bout and it will be against the winner of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurm...Nurmagomedov...I can't even say the guy's name...who gives a f*ck what the guy's name is, but that is the bout that we want. We want this bout in Moscow, the people of Russia deserve this bout to take place, the people of the world deserve this bout to take place. It is an inevitable rematch.
"It is a rematch that I will come in sharp, fresh [for]. I will have no injuries, I will have no alcohol, I will have no outside influences and I will be fully focused...exactly what the people deserve, exactly what the fans deserve and we will settle it once and for all."
McGregor hasn't fought since his devastating submission defeat to Nurmagomedov last October, but he'll make his eagerly-awaited Octagon return in a few months' time.