REPORT: McGregor’s return announcement originally planned for UFC 25th anniversary press conference

Robert Vallejos, MMATORCH Contributor

Conor McGregor (photo credit Adam Hunger © USA Today)

An announcement for Conor McGregor’s return to UFC was reportedly scheduled to occur during the UFC 25th anniversary press conference. However, McGregor’s Brooklyn rampage has derailed all future plans.

According to a report by Ariel Helwani of Conor McGregor and the UFC were close to an agreement for a McGregor UFC return before McGregor’s attack at the UFC 223 press conference.

The report states that despite several hurdles, both sides planned to meet throughout the weekend, with the possibility of an announcement coming at the UFC’s 25th anniversary press conference on Friday.

Khabib Nurmagomedov  and Rafael dos Anjos were both discussed as possible future opponents.

A fight with Nurmagomedov in late 2018 became a possibility when Tony Ferguson, Nurmagomedov’s scheduled opponent for UFC 223 withdrew from the event. A McGregor-dos Anjos fight would have taken place in the spring  for an interim welterweight title.

As it stands, UFC president Dana White has been noncommittal on McGregor’s future following McGregor’s arrest on Friday morning.


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