Conor McGregor to hold press conference in Moscow as bitter UFC feud with Khabib escalates


Conor McGregor will hold a press conference in Moscow on Thursday to discuss a possible UFC return.

McGregor has been hinting at a return to the Octagon since his UFC 229 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

The Irishman was forced to tap in the fourth round his bout with Nurmagomedov after a brutal neck crank.

Their rivalry is one of the most bitter in UFC history and there’s been talk that the two will rematch each other sooner rather than later.

And according to event organisers Parimatch, McGregor will be holding a news conference in Nurmagomedov’s home country later this week.  

“McGregor will meet with reporters on October 24. This is the first such event involving McGregor in Russia,” the press release said.

“Perhaps he will make statements about his imminent return to the octagon.”

After Nurmagomedov’s win over Dustin Poirier in September, McGregor tweeted that he wanted the rematch with his foe in Moscow.

But Nurmagomedov has since brushed off that offer, as he feels lightweight contender Tony Ferguson is more deserving of the title shot.

UFC president Dana White has also confirmed that Ferguson will be next in line to take on Nurmagomedov, but he also said that if the American isn’t ready, McGregor makes most sense to step in.

McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two world titles in different weight classes simultaneously when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt in 2016.

But since then, McGregor’s only taste of action has been with Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, which he lost via 10th-round TKO, and his defeat to Nurmagomedov.

The press conference in Moscow could, however, be in relation to his Proper 12 whiskey business, which he launched two years ago.

McGregor has also hinted that he would like his return fight to be against Frankie Edgar. 


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