Conor McGregor conducted a press conference in Moscow earlier today while he was promoting one of his sponsors, Parimatch, a betting website.
The former two-division UFC champion announced his plans to return to the Octagon on Jan. 18, when the UFC will have a pay-per-view card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In addition, McGregor said he wants to fight three times in 2020.
For his second bout, ‘The Notorious’ wants the winner of Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal, but that was before Diaz tweeted earlier today that he’s out of UFC 244 headliner.
McGregor said he then wanted to fight the Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson winner for the lightweight strap he used to own. He specified that he wanted to rematch Nurmagomedov in Moscow.
As for his first opponent on Jan. 18, McGregor said, “Ask the UFC who the opponent is, because I do not give a f— who the opponent is.”
According to multiple reports, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje are the two top candidates to face McGregor.
When asked about McGregor’s remarks, UFC President Dana White confirmed to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that Jan. 18 is the date the promotion is targeting for McGregor return, but that “no deals are even close to being signed.”
Bovada and BetOnline jumped at the chance at posting odds for both potential bouts. Bovada opened McGregor as a -160 favorite vs. Cerrone, who is a +130 underdog. The offshore shop opened Gaethje as a -155 ‘chalk’ vs. McGregor, who is +125 on the comeback.
BetOnline opened McGregor-Gaethje as a pick ’em (-115 either way). The book made McGregor a -185 favorite against Cerrone, the +155 underdog.
Gaethje has been going at McGregor in the media and on Twitter recently. Today was no exception, as you can see below…