Donald Cerrone has put the pressure on Conor McGregor to "sign the deal" after the Irishman announced his UFC comeback.

McGregor, a former two-weight world champion, revealed last week during an event in Russia he intended to return to the octagon on January 18, though he did not offer any information on an opponent.

The fight would be the 31-year-old's first since he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title bout in October 2018. 

Cerrone claimed McGregor's representatives have been in touch and has now urged them to push forward and finalise terms.

"I think it's gonna happen this time," Cerrone told TMZ Sports. "I really do. Conor's really serious about making a comeback.

"Both teams have reached out and are trying to figure it out, it's looking good though. This would be a huge fight, I don't understand why his team wouldn't want to be engaged.

"It's gonna be a fun fight! He's a great fighter. I'm not taking anything away from him by any means, he's got a lot of punching power and it should be a good time.

"Sign the damn deal, man, let's get this done!"

Cerrone and McGregor were reportedly slated to meet in 2019 but the fight was cancelled for unknown reasons.

Tyson Fury has revealed he anticipates retiring from boxing in 2020 as he outlined his intention to have three bouts next year.

The former unified heavyweight champion of the world makes his WWE debut on October 31, facing Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.

Following his move into sports entertainment, Fury expects to return to the ring against Deontay Wilder in February.

However, the 31-year-old has suggested he will have wrapped up his boxing career by the end of 2020.

"Hopefully I have three fights next year, Wilder in February, Wilder in June and then maybe a farewell fight in December," Fury told BBC Sport.

"Boxing's a young man's game. I don't want to be in longer than I need to.

"I am 31, getting long in the tooth for the sport. There are young men coming up and Father Time catches up with everyone.

"I have five kids at home and a wife and I think it would be nice to spend a bit of time with those people after the sacrifices I have made my whole life."

Fury added he sees no issues with his schedule should a February 22 bout with Wilder be confirmed.

"I only do boxing and sparring in camp anyway," said Fury. "I will have a six-week camp. I am already on weight, already fit, so will work on some boxing and sparring and we are in.

"It's not always been that way. Usually I come out of a fight, put six stone on, have a mountain to climb, sap all my energy in the gym, and it would be so taxing I wouldn't want to go back.

"Now I am the same weight today as when I fought Tom Schwarz in June. I watch what I eat now and train every day, only Sundays off. So I go in now fit, ready to fight."

Fury even suggested he could venture into mixed martial arts before 2019 is out, telling reporters: "I might have an MMA fight before Christmas if I'm not busy, I just need to find someone who's prepared to fall over."

UFC star Conor McGregor, however, will not be considered as an opponent.

"Are you crazy? McGregor is 10 stone. I'm 20 stone. It wouldn't be very fair with five McGregors and 10 Floyd Mayweathers as well," Fury added.

Conor McGregor has announced he will make his UFC return against an unconfirmed opponent on January 18.

Former two-weight world champion McGregor told a news conference in Moscow his comeback will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next year.

The 31-year-old has not appeared in the octagon since he was submitted in the fourth round of a lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

The bout was overshadowed by a brawl in the aftermath and both fighters were handed suspensions, with McGregor subsequently claiming he had retired from mixed martial arts.

However, the Irishman will be back in action in three months and has his sights set on a rematch with Nurmagomedov and a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, against whom he suffered his first UFC defeat in March 2016.

"I wish to compete here in Moscow, Russia. We know that, we know what belt I'm seeking in Mother Russia. The people of Russia deserve this inevitable rematch [against Nurmagomedov] to take place here in Moscow and it will happen," said McGregor.

"However, I'm not waiting around for that man. That man is a known pull-out, a known fearer of risk. He does not take risk so I'm not waiting around. I'd like to announce to the public the return of 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor will take place on January 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"That is my comeback fight. It is 12 weeks this Saturday. I am in prime physical condition. I have agreed the date with the company. As far as the opponent, I have the opponent's name, but from experience if I was to give you the name I know the UFC would flip it because they are a crafty company. So ask the UFC who the opponent is, because I do not give a f*** who the opponent is.

"That will be the beginning of my season. I will then look to compete against the winner of Nate Diaz-Jorge Masvidal. Obviously, I have history with Nate Diaz.

"Then I will seek the Moscow bout against the winner of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. That is the bout we want. We want it in Moscow.

"It is a rematch I will come in sharp, fresh. I will have no injuries, I will have no alcohol, I will have no outside influences. I will be fully focused ... and we will settle it once and for all."

McGregor added: "I am going to go through the entire roster like a chainsaw through butter. Make no mistake about that."

ESPN reported Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje are leading candidates for the January bout.

Conor McGregor has announced he will make his UFC return against an unconfirmed opponent on January 18.

Conor McGregor wants a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow, but the UFC lightweight champion was only thinking about planning his next meal after defeating Dustin Poirier.

In his first outing since a win against McGregor in October 2018 that was overshadowed by an ugly post-fight brawl, Nurmagomedov moved to 28-0 by submitting Poirier in the third round at UFC 242.

The Irishman has since claimed to have retired following the loss last year, but he was quick to request another shot at the Russian following Saturday's result in Abu Dhabi.

McGregor tweeted: "Book my rematch for Moscow."

However, UFC president Dana White stated that Tony Ferguson is next in line for Nurmagomedov, though McGregor offers a logical back-up option.

"Tony Ferguson gets the next shot and obviously if for whatever reason Tony can't take the fight or doesn't want the fight at that time, then we would figure out what would be next," said White.

"But yeah, Conor would make a lot of sense. Conor McGregor wants that fight really badly and I'm sure the fans would want to see it. So we'll see how this whole thing plays out."

Nurmagomedov was keen to avoid becoming embroiled in such discussions, with his focus set on his post-fight meal.

"You know what's interesting in this sport; even if you're 28-0 in MMA, 12-0 in UFC, you're one of the biggest stars, you smash everybody, people talk about how you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him. Just give me respect," he said.

"My next opponent is a very good steak, with a burger and double cheese. I want this. With some juice with ice. I want to enjoy it. Give me a couple of days please."

But when the subject turned to former two-weight world champion Georges St-Pierre, widely considered the greatest MMA fighter of all time but retired since February, Nurmagomedov could not hide his interest.

He said: "Georges St-Pierre is a great guy, great champion, great athlete – he's a very good example for young kids. I know he's retired but if he wants to come back, if he feels hungry, if he feels he can improve his legacy with a fight with me and he can make 155 [pounds], I'm waiting for him."

Nurmagomedov ruled out an imminent change in division, though acknowledged a step up to welterweight could come in the future, while also expressing a desire to raise money with a charity fight in Africa.

"If the UFC have a big, big fight, they can build an arena somewhere like Congo, Nigeria, Somalia or Sudan, whatever. Fight there, make money and do some charity stuff," he said.

"Africa is in a very bad situation with a lot of people dying because they don't have drinking water. We can do this, let's go. If UFC support it, I'm going to support it too.

"Maybe I can fight with Georges St-Pierre. Georges St-Pierre is a very big star. They can build an arena in three months and maybe in January, February or March we can fight in somewhere like Congo, why not?

"And all the money we make we can use on charity, on Africa or somewhere. Maybe they can make $50 million, maybe 40m, even if they make 30m for one night and give all this money for people – I like this kind of stuff."

Khabib Nurmagomedov said he has the utmost respect for his beaten UFC 242 opponent Dustin Poirier, while taking a shot at fierce rival Conor McGregor.

The lightweight champion remained undefeated (28-0-0) with his third-round rear naked choke of Poirier (25-6, 1 NC) on Saturday.

After the fight, Nurmagomedov paid tribute to Poirier, but the goodwill certainly did not extend towards McGregor – who he defeated at UFC 229 in a bout marred by an ugly post-fight brawl.

Nurmagomedov wore a t-shirt in the ring and said he would be selling it and giving all of the proceeds to Poirier and his family.

"Why I wear this t-shirt, I know that's going to go to a lot of charity stuff, guys, make sure I'm going to sell this t-shirt, all this money I'm going to send Dustin Poirier," he said.

"This is what I want, you know, and why we have so much respect between us before the fight than my last fight? You know [McGregor] was a b******* guy, I have to work [with] a lot of crazy stuff, but I want to forget everything.

"We show really what is MMA. MMA's number one thing is respect. When you come [to the] gym, the first thing what your coach, everybody teaches you, hey, you have to respect the gym, you have to respect team-mates, coaches, you have to clean your gym, everything's about respect.

"MMA's not about trash talking, you know, this is what we show it with, that's important."

Nurmagomedov was fighting for the first time since serving a nine-month suspension for his actions after his victory over McGregor, with the duo having been involved in an ill-tempered build-up.

The champion scaled the cage after his win and got into a fight with McGregor's training partner Dillon Danis which then incited a brawl that went from the stands and into the ring.

Conor McGregor has admitted he was "in the wrong" after an apparently violent altercation with a man in a Dublin pub in April.

Footage emerged earlier in August that appeared to show the former UFC champion striking the man in the head.

McGregor has apologised, insisting he is aware he must "get his head screwed on" and concentrate on making a return to UFC.

"I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it to end the way it did," McGregor told ESPN.

"It was five months ago and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. I owe that to the people that have supported me.

"I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people that trained me in martial arts. That's not who I am.

"I have to realise that's not the attitude or the behavior of a leader, of a martial artist, of a champion.

"So, I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect."

McGregor also declared he hopes to make his comeback to UFC before the end of 2019.

The 31-year-old has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.

Conor McGregor has admitted he was "in the wrong" for hitting a man during an altercation in a Dublin pub in April.

Footage emerged earlier in August, appearing to show the former UFC champion striking the victim in the face.

McGregor has apologised, insisting he is aware he must "get his head screwed on" and concentrate on making a return to UFC.

"I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it to end the way it did," McGregor told ESPN.

"It was five months ago and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. I owe that to the people that have supported me.

"I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people that trained me in martial arts. That's not who I am.

"I have to realise that's not the attitude or the behavior of a leader, of a martial artist, of a champion.

"So, I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect."

McGregor also declared he hopes to make his comeback to UFC before the end of 2019.

The 31-year-old has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.

Conor McGregor has admitted he was "in the wrong" for hitting an elderly man during an altercation in a Dublin pub in April.

Footage has emerged appearing to show the former UFC champion striking the victim in the face, seemingly after the man had refused to drink the fighter's own brand of whiskey. 

McGregor has now apologised, insisting he is aware he must "get his head screwed on" and concentrate on making a return to UFC.

"I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it to end the way it did," McGregor told ESPN.

"It was five months ago and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. I owe that to the people that have supported me.

"I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people that trained me in martial arts. That's not who I am. 

"I have to realise that's not the attitude or the behavior of a leader, of a martial artist, of a champion.

"So, I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect."

McGregor has also declared he hopes to make his comeback to UFC prior to the end of 2019.

The 31-year-old has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.

Conor McGregor is targeting a UFC comeback before the end of 2019 and is not concerned by who he fights.

Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

In March, McGregor took to Twitter to claim he had retired from mixed martial arts, though he has subsequently changed his stance.

The 31-year-old, who has been embroiled in controversy out of the octagon in recent weeks, is now aiming to make a comeback by the close of the year.

"I want my world title back and I want that redemption," McGregor told ESPN.

"If you're asking me who, whoever, if Dustin [Poirier] goes in and does it, if Nate [Diaz], if it's Jorge [Masvidal].

"I don't know. I don't even know Jorge that well, I've seen the last two and I saw the Al Iaquinta bout, but I mean anyone.

"Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, a [Max] Holloway rematch, Jose Aldo rematch. There's so many belts for me, so many. 

"In reality, it does not matter who. It's just about me getting back in. I would say we can get that done. 

"I'm already in shape. I have not lost my condition so I'm in shape. I just need to sharpen up the grappling and just see how the grip feels on the wrist and things like that. 

"But I can punch fully so I would say so. I would look for the end of the year."

McGregor also explained he had been due to return to UFC in July, only for a hand injury sustained in sparring to rule him out of contention.

"We scheduled a spar with another up-and-comer but the gloves are so small, the room for injury and damage is so high," he added.

"Originally I couldn't grapple until September but I saw my surgeon and he said I can grapple now so I'm going to go back into that.

"I haven't stopped kicking and I haven't stopped with my conditioning, so let's get it going now - I'm excited."

Conor McGregor said he will never retire from mixed-martial arts as the UFC star explained his absence from the octagon.

Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor has not fought in the UFC since announcing his retirement in a shock social media post in March.

The Irishman retired via Twitter following October's loss to rival Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

However, McGregor – who boasts a 21-4 record in the UFC, with 18 knockouts – is eager to return to the sport.

"There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Sometimes I need distance…," McGregor – who was eyeing a return in July before a hand injury scuppered his plans – told ESPN when asked if he is retired.

"My foot was a balloon when I walked into that fight. I have footage backed up from that entire camp. I broke my foot three weeks out from the fight… I done so much for the company. Back-to-back-to-back, non-stop. I built this house. I certainly laid bricks and blocks down for this game.

"Retirement? I don't think I would ever retire from this game. Never in my life. I'll be fighting until the day I go out. There's no doubt about it. It's in me. I will take it with me to the grave."

McGregor: "I look forward to my triumphant return… we're all eager to get this back on track."

"I would say we could get that done," McGregor said when asked if he could return this year.

"If I have this opportunity before me, if I don't execute this and get this right, make this happen for the children of my children's children, all of my successes, all of everything I've achieved will be void, will be meaningless to me," McGregor continued. "I must get this right and I must not go down that path, the written path, the cliché of the fighter that has it all and ruins [it].

"I need to be aware of my past, of the past of other individuals, and learn from it and grow and that's what I'm doing."

Daniel Cormier insists he will not make a decision on his retirement based on emotion after the 40-year-old lost his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241.

Cormier's rematch with Miocic was ended in the fourth round on Saturday, with the latter having landed a flurry of body punches.

Miocic (19-3) was fighting for the first time since losing his title to Cormier (22-2) at UFC 226 in July 2018.

Prior to the bout, Cormier's coach Javier Mendez had suggested the fighter should retire, rather than take on Jon Jones - who labelled Miocic "the greatest heavyweight of all time" - in a trilogy fight.

Asked about the possibility of calling it a day, Cormier conceded he must take serious consideration over his next move.

"You don't make decisions based on emotions. But this is a tough pill to swallow," he said.

"At 40 years old, and so many other opportunities [available], I need to speak to my wife and make an educated decision as to what we're going to do."

Cormier added when asked where the fight went wrong for him: "I think [Miocic] made great body shots. He hit me with a number of right hands and I didn't really feel anything, so maybe I took those for granted.

"He landed a great one and did a good job of following up. He's a fantastic champion, congratulations to him and his team."

UFC president Dana White, meanwhile, advised Cormier to take time over his decision.

"I don't know what the future is for Cormier," White said in the post-fight press conference.

"I told him, 'Don't think about whether you want to fight again, you don't want to fight again and any of that stuff. Just relax. Go home and spend some time with your family and we'll talk about all that s*** later'."

Elsewhere, welterweight star Nate Diaz (20-11) defeated Anthony Pettis (22-9) by unanimous decision in his first appearance since losing his rematch against Conor McGregor in 2016.

A trilogy fight against McGregor could now be on the cards and Diaz is open to reigniting his rivalry with the Irishman.

"I'm gonna fight the baddest dudes at the biggest shows, that's what I want to do," Diaz said. "If it's up to everyone who is involved, if they want it, they're going to call me."

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight belt at UFC 229 with a rear-naked choke of Conor McGregor in the fourth round, but the event ended in mayhem as further fighting broke out. 

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