Sports | October 24, 2019 10:57 am

Conor McGregor Targeting Khabib Rematch and Announces 2020 UFC Return

McGregor declined to say who he will be fighting on January 18 in Las Vegas

Conor McGregor Targeting Khabib Rematch and Announces 2020 UFC Return
Conor McGregor following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty)
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Conor McGregor wants a rematch with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov but it won’t be when he returns to UFC in 2020.

Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, the former two-division UFC champion said he will step back into Octagon on January 18 in Las Vegas but he did not reveal who his opponent would be.

“Ask the UFC who the opponent is, because I do not give a f*ck who the opponent is,” McGregor said.

McGregor went on to say he’s hoping to take on the winner of the next Nate Diaz-Jorge Masvidal bout in his second fight back with UFC. From there, McGregor has a rematch with Nurmagomedov in his plans.

“It is an inevitable rematch, it is a rematch that I will come in sharp, fresh, I will have no injuries, I will have no alcohol, I will have no outside influences,” he said. “I will be fully focused, exactly what the people deserve, exactly what the fans deserve, and we will settle it, once and for all.”

Sources told ESPN that Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje are the top two candidates to fight McGregor in Vegas with Cerrone being the front-runner.

UFC president Dana White is reportedly hoping to finalize a fight between Nurmagomedov and top contender Tony Ferguson for March of 2020.

McGregor announced his retirement from MMA in March at approximately the same time it was revealed he was under investigation in Ireland for sexual assault.

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