Conor McGregor is most certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of legal proceedings, but his hiatus from active mixed-martial arts competition may be coming to an end. According to MMA Team Dagestan, a lightweight title clash at UFC 229 between champ Khabib and former gold holder Conor McGregor is in the works.
While many fans will naturally be skeptical of the news, MMA Team Dagestan do have a history of accuracy when it comes to breaking news involving Russian athletes. Earlier this year they broke news of Fabrício Werdum’s removal from a meeting with Oleksiy Oliynyk at UFC Moscow, and also Alexander Volkov’s involvement at UFC 226 in the event of a Stipe Miocic or Daniel Cormier injury.
One time Lightweight and Featherweight champion McGregor was back in New York City on Thursday attending a court hearing relating to his involvement at a bus attack in the Barclays Centre back at UFC 223, only to have a new hearing date set. McGregor and his team are understood to be negotiating plea deal ahead of his new July 26th date, as he faces three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.
UFC president Dana White was eager to meet with ‘The Notorious’ one at last months Fight Night event in Liverpool and also in the run up to UFC 225 with both meetings failing to materialise. White subsequently confirmed that he and Crumlin born McGregor were scheduled to finally get together this Monday, with a plan to discuss his future in the promotion.
While McGregor awaits the outcome of the legal process, the UFC have reiterated how they plan on dealing with the Irishman internally after his court verdict, but rumours suggest an October return for Conor is a distinct possibility.
Despite the fall out of multiple fights at UFC 223, as a result of McGregor’s actions, Khabib Nurmagomedov remained in the main event spot and picked up a unanimous decision win over late notice replacement Al Iaquinta.
UFC 229 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on October the 6th, and if the promotion can manage to book a bad blood meeting between Khabib and Conor, it will be sure to push the needle after a poor 2018 numbers wise.