#sports activities Conor McGregor could be handed a UFC Lightweight title shot upon his long-awaited return
Conor McGregor could be handed a UFC Lightweight title shot upon his long-awaited return from a damaged leg, with Charles Oliveira open to going through the previous two-weight champion in Brazil if he beats Islam Makhachev
- Conor McGregor could return to the Octagon in a UFC light-weight title combat
- The Notorious remains to be working his means again from damaged leg suffered final 12 months
- Charles Oliveira is prepared to provide McGregor a shot if he beats Islam Makhachev
Conor McGregor could make his eagerly-anticipated return to the Octagon in a UFC light-weight title combat.
The Notorious is nearly totally recovered from the horrific damaged leg that he suffered in his trilogy combat with Dustin Poirier in July.
The Irishman’s UFC return is formally being pushed again to subsequent 12 months, however he could return at UFC 283, the promotion’s main pay-per-view in Rio de Janeiro on January 21.
Conor McGregor could be handed a UFC Lightweight title shot upon his long-awaited return
The Irishman is nearly recovered from breaking his leg in his trilogy combat with Dustin Poirier
Former champion Charles Oliveira is prepared to provide 34-year-old McGregor one other shot on the title immediately, if he wins his UFC 280 conflict with Islam Makhachev.
Oliveira advised ESPN: ‘I just like the narrative.’It would be good. We’ve been asking for this combat in Brazil so hopefully, it really works out.
‘I actually do [think it will happen next year]. That’s the only motive why I accepted this combat [with Makhachev].
Former champion Charles Oliveira is prepared to provide 34-year-old McGregor one other title shot
Oliveira will first must beat Islam Makhachev (pictured) of their UFC 280 conflict in Abu Dhabi
‘I do know the extra victories, the higher the probabilities so that is a step in the direction of that combat.
‘I’d like to depart the Octagon already realizing who I’d be preventing subsequent.
‘I’d advise [McGregor] to take excellent care of what phrases he makes use of [in Brazil], particularly when referring to me.’
Oliveira was on the receiving finish of a name out from McGregor after defending the light-weight title towards Poirier final December.
The Brazilian returned the favour after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje in May, saying: ‘Dana White, you’ll be able to put anybody in entrance of me. I’m not going to decide on. Hey, Conor McGregor. Are you arising? Or are you going to run away?’
McGregor shortly accepted the supply, saying: ‘I’d like to combat the Brazilian, 100%!
‘I really like Brazil and I’m unbeaten towards Brazil. All KO’s. I’ve some pondering to do.’
UFC president Dana White had beforehand steered that the Irishman could return to motion this winter or early subsequent 12 months and it has now been acknowledged that the latter is the case, his supervisor Tim Simpson confirmed.
UFC president Dana White had steered that the Irishman could return to motion this winter
McGregor is that includes in remake of Road House alongside Jake Gyllenhall for his Hollywood debut however Simpson has assured that the filming is just not a think about delaying his comeback from the damaged leg sustained final summer season.
He advised MMA Junkie: ‘(The movie is a) enjoyable little enterprise then switching again to climbing the mountain once more. It matches in completely. He’s nonetheless on observe for a large return subsequent 12 months, however this matches in completely within the meantime.
‘Acting wasn’t one thing I feel that Conor on the very entrance of his thoughts, proper now he is nonetheless a world class athlete and his focus is being the very best fighter on this planet.
‘But because the harm continues to heal and he continues to organize for a comeback, the timing labored effectively.
‘It’s a nice alternative to do a large Hollywood blockbuster in meantime and he’ll kill it.’
Oliveira should first get previous one of the tough checks the light-weight division has to supply in Makhachev.
The Russian hasn’t misplaced since 2015, and is at present on a prolonged win streak that has made him one of the feared fighters at 155lb.