Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has expressed interest in one fight that might be able to lure him to make a return to the Octagon under the UFC banner, which is fighting te victor of the lightweight title showdown between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor that is slated to go down at the upcoming UFC 229 pay-per-view event.
"And obviously for Conor, coming back from a two-year layoff, in my opinion - and it's insane to say this because of how popular he is around the world - but he's one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC".
McGregor (21-3) simultaneously held the featherweight and lightweight championship belts during his meteoric UFC career, but he hasn't fought in MMA since taking the 155-pound lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. McGregor, though, never defended the strap as he courted a boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather, leaving a vacuum in the division.
Nurmagomedov (26-0) proceeded to overwhelm Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn to capture the lightweight belt that the UFC had stripped from McGregor.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov weren't at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles along with the other headlining fighters of the autumn cards, but the announcement of their bout set off wild cheering among the fans.
Since then, McGregor's return to the UFC has been teased but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement.
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"It's time to roll", Diaz said following his own two-year absence.
After the highly anticipated showdown was finalized and announced on Friday, Nurmagomedov and McGregor quickly got into training camp as their fight is only eight weeks away with the card taking place on October 6. He blamed an unspecified lawsuit as a reason he was gone from the UFC for so long.
"This is a very important fight for both fighters", Dana White said.
"Hey, man. I told Colin I wouldn't ask you for tickets, and he absolutely lost it!"
Added Poirier: "We're going to show up, I promise you that. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen". "It's good to have Nate back".