Conor McGregor joins son and father Tony in training ahead of 2019 UFC return

CONOR MCGREGOR's preparation for his highly-anticipated fighting return has seen him recruit two unlikely training partners.

The Irishman has promised to resume his combat sport career in 2019 following his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

 Conor McGregor hit the stationary pads to loud music - joined by two new recruits

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Conor McGregor hit the stationary pads to loud music – joined by two new recruits

McGregor could yet return in a boxing or MMA match – Donald Cerrone has been touted as an opponent – while an appearance at Wrestlemania has also been rumoured.

As the former two-weight UFC champion's future is riddled in uncertainty, at least one McGregor is scheduled to fight in the near future.

Father Tony is set for a charity boxing bout against Irish radio star Eoin Sheahan on December 15 and has been in training for a number of weeks at the Headon Boxing Academy.

And he joined his boy and the UFC superstar's 18-month-year-old son, Conor Jr, for a family-only session with all three working the pads.

 Conor Jr, aged just 18 months, was also in action

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Conor Jr, aged just 18 months, was also in action

McGregor, 30, wrote alongside the footage on Instagram: “We are never too young to start and never too old to learn."

At the age of 59, McGregor Senior will step into the ring for the first time in the name of charity when he faces Sheehan, who is 24.

He became a web sensation in the summer when he shared a clip of himself being “none too plussed” at having received all coins in change from a €20 note for a DART fare.

But whether his boxing ability can match his silver tongue remains to be seen.

 Father Tony is just weeks away from his boxing debut

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Father Tony is just weeks away from his boxing debut

Meanwhile, despite being inactive since he was humbled by Khabib in October, McGregor has remained in the spotlight after being banned from driving for six months and fined €1,000 (£883).

He was driving in his blue Range Rover at 96mph in a 60mph zone and fined.

McGregor's next appearance in any ring could come at Wrestlmania 35 next April.

An offer to "back-up" Becky Lynch was made this week and an outing in the WWE could be the launchpad towards the resumption of his UFC career

Conor McGregor clearly did not get his fighting skills from dad Tony

CONOR MCGREGOR's preparation for his highly-anticipated fighting return has seen him recruit two unlikely training partners.