Conor McGregor has returned to the UFC lightweight world title according to reports.
According to report from BBC Sport, the former two-weight world champion – who was stripped of both titles after failing to defend either belt – will face the man who succeeded him as UFC lightweight champion, undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on 6 October.
The bout brings to a head a simmering rivalry that finally boiled over in unsavoury fashion at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, when McGregor and members of his entourage attacked a bus containing Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters following media day at the Barclays Center.
McGregor threw a loading trolley into the bus window, sending glass showering into the bus, injuring lightweight contender Michael Chiesa and former flyweight title challenger Ray Borg.
McGregor faced 12 criminal charges as a direct result of the incident, but had his charges reduced after a plea deal saw him plead guilty to disorderly conduct.
It meant McGregor was instructed to undertake anger management sessions and take part in community service activities. Crucially, it also meant his US visa would be unblemished, allowing him to continue to travel freely to and from the United States.
Following the resolution of McGregor’s legal situation, UFC officials moved quickly to secure McGregor’s signature for what will be one of the biggest fights in UFC history, as the Irishman returns to action in a bid to reclaim the title he never lost in the octagon.
Credit: BBC Sport