McGregor 'very close' to UFC return

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Mandatory Credit Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

It really does seem as though we're getting somewhere with the return of Conor McGregor.

TMZ published a short interview with McGregor on Tuesday and asked him if a return to the Octagon is in his future.

When asked by TMZ whether or not he'll be back in action before the end of the year, he said: "Yes, very close".

"It's very close. It's not official, but we're very close."

All of that being out of the way means McGregor is finally free and clear to book his next fight with all signs pointing towards a showdown against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.

McGregor was spared jail earlier this month after reaching a plea deal over his attack on a bus in April. He was looking for Nurmagomedov, who got into a confrontation with McGregor teammate Artem Lobov at a hotel. Nurmagomedov went onto win the title against Al Iaquinta at the event.

Last week, he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

As much as McGregor would like to return to fight again in NY - the site where he captured a second UFC world title back in 2016 - it appears his fight with Nurmagomedov will happen in Las Vegas. "I would love to fight in the [Madison Square Garden] again but I believe this one is in Las Vegas".

"I'm trying to buy a house, I'm trying to get insurance, all the things you're thinking you made it, you're a world champion and you've got all this f*****g money but we're not, man".

"I fought Dominick Cruz for $200,000 a year before that".

"Not only to smash him, to change his face - I want to change his face".

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