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That led to charges for McGregor, who escaped a jail term and criminal record after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, paving the way for the bout against Nurmagomedov.

Conor McGregor has confirmed his return to the UFC with a fight against hated rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov have a checkered history that culminated at the UFC 223 media day in NY when the Irishman infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov. Many thought that Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov would be in attendance, but alas they were not.

McGregor has posted several photos on social media this week hyping his physical fitness in advance of the announcement, which neither fighter attended.

"If it's a money fight, pay me the money", Nurmagomedov said. "The Notorious" hasn't competed in mixed martial arts since wresting the lightweight title from former divisional champion Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 205 in 2016.

"I'm not fighting on that show", Diaz tweeted moments after stepping off stage, adding an expletive directed toward the UFC.

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McGregor has not fought in UFC since 2016, but his fame grew so quickly he was regarded as a good enough opponent for Floyd Mayweather's retirement bout - a fight McGregor lost, albeit valiently, in the 10th round past year.

"I'd love to fight in Madison Square Garden again, but I believe this one will be in Las Vegas".

Since then, McGregor's return to the UFC has been teased but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. "I don't know why nobody told you guys that".

The bout, which will take place at UFC 229, is already being talked about as one of the fights of the year and promotional video for the fight has broken the internet in predictable style.

"Khabib will be preparing for the fight in the United States, in San Jose", he added. "It's good to have Nate back".

"This is a championship fight right here ..."