McGregor says he’ll return to Octagon Jan. 18

6:21 AM ETMarc RaimondiAriel HelwaniCloseESPN Staff WriterAriel Helwani is an MMA reporter at ESPN. Follow him on Twitter at @arielhelwani.Conor McGregor has announced his comeback date.The former two-division UFC champion said Thursday at a news conference in Moscow that he will return to the Octagon on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas. McGregor said he knows…

McGregor says he’ll return to Octagon Jan. 18

6:21 AM ETMarc RaimondiAriel HelwaniCloseESPN Staff WriterAriel Helwani is an MMA reporter at ESPN. Follow him on Twitter at @arielhelwani.Conor McGregor has announced his comeback date.The former two-division UFC champion said Thursday at a news conference in Moscow that he will return to the Octagon on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas. McGregor said he knows his opponent but would not reveal his name, because if he did, the UFC would “flip” it.”Ask the UFC who the opponent is, because I do not give a f— who the opponent is,” McGregor said, speaking at an event for his sponsor Parimatch, a Russian betting website.Sources told ESPN that Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje are the top two candidates to fight McGregor. Cerrone is the front-runner, sources said.McGregor, UFC’s biggest star, promised a “fully focused” version of himself for the fight at T-Mobile Arena, which is in 12 weeks. He said he has already started his preparation, including going to bed early every night and waking up early every morning.The return bou
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