Conor McGregor To Hold Press Conference In Russia This Week And Potentially Announce UFC Return
Conor McGregor will hold a press conference in Russia on Thursday and may announce his return to the octagon, after being out of UFC action for over a year.
The last time McGregor was in action was his controversial fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which ended with the Russian jumping over the cage and starting a brawl in the crowd.
Now McGregor could be set to announce his return in Khabib's home country. He will hold a press conference on Thursday with a press release from bookmakers Parimatch saying, "McGregor will meet with journalists on 24 October. It's the first such event with McGregor's participation in Russia.
"...Perhaps he will make statements about his imminent return to the octagon."
The main reason for the press conference is likely to be about McGregor's 'Proper Twelve Whiskey' brand which has recently launched in Russia.
However there will be intrigue in any announcement about a comeback or how close he is to one. In typical fashion for the Irishman he has been dropping hints on social media.
On Saturday he posted a picture of him in a fight pose in front of a Russian double headed eagle symbol and then retweeted a Russian article about announcing his comeback.
Some have become tired of 'the Notorious' antics in the past 18 months since his rivalry with Khabib really heated up over the incident which saw McGregor throw railings at a bus the Russian was on.
Since then there was the bad mouthing between the pair, and the Russian's manager, in the build up to the fight, claims of sexual assault and an incident in a Dublin bar where he appeared to punch and old man.
But any comeback would still be treated with interest from the MMA world and the former two weight champion isn't short of possible comeback fights.
The 31-year-old has been linked with potential fights with Donald Cerrone, Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, Khabib, the Russian's most recent opponent Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz, amongst others.
He recently suggested that Frankie Edgar would be his next fight but UFC president Dana White rejected that notion on Friday, saying, "That Frankie Edgar isn't going to happen. Frankie is two weight classes below him. (Edgar) is in a position; he was supposed to fight Aljamain Sterling, and Aljamain fell out and got hurt.
"Frankie's coming to the end of his career, and he could end up getting himself into a title position again. So to take the Conor fight makes no sense.
"I think Conor will fight next year,"
But who will it be against?