McGregor set for UFC return in January

Philip O'Connor
Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor will make his return to the octagon on January 18

Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor will return to the octagon on January 18 when he will take on veteran American Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a welterweight bout.

"Conor has signed and 'Cowboy' is ready to go," UFC president Dana White told ESPN.

Irishman McGregor, who has 21 professional wins and four losses in Mixed Martial Arts and a single defeat to Floyd Mayweather on his professional boxing record, has not fought since losing his lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission in October 2018.

The 31-year-old has previously fought twice at 170 pounds against Nate Diaz, losing the first fight to a second-round submission but winning an epic rematch on points.

Since losing to Nurmagomedov, McGregor has had several brushes with the law, and, in a court hearing on November 1, pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in a pub in Dublin earlier in the year.