Conor McGregor is “very close” to finalizing a deal to make his UFC comeback and expects the fight to be in Las Vegas this year.
‘The Notorious’ has not stepped into the Octagon since 2016 but expects to be back before the end of the year. Asked whether he is nearing a return, McGregor told TMZ: “Yes, very close. It’s not official but we are close.”
“I believe [it will be in 2018], I hope so,” McGregor added. “I’d love to fight in Madison Square Garden again, but I believe this one will be in Las Vegas. I love New York city, to be able to be here free, as a free man… walking around this place… what a city.”
McGregor was last week ordered to perform five days of community service after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct following a disturbance at a UFC media day in April.
UFC president Dana White said a bout between the Irish MMA superstar and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is “the fight everybody wants to see” following McGregor’s sentencing.