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Conor McGregor is back in UFC, will fight Donald Cerrone on January 18

Conor McGregor is back and he will step back into the Octagon in January, according to ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

Okamoto reports that UFC is close to finalizing a deal for McGregor and Donald Cerrone to fight in a non-title welterweight bout on January 18 in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.

"Conor has signed and is ready to go," White told ESPN. According to Cerrone's representatives, he has agreed to the bout and he has signed a new exclusive contract with UFC.

This would be McGregor's first fight since losing via submission in 2018 at UFC 229 to Khabib Nurmagomedov. His last win was in 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez and this would be McGregor's third fight since 2016, not including the boxing match in 2017 with Floyd Mayweather.

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McGregor's return is sure to cause controversy among fans who feel he has yet to pay his debt for incidents that took place outside of the Octagon. He is currently under investigation in Ireland for two sexual assault cases and he plead guilty to punching a man who refused a drink at a bar. Another incident in Miami where McGregor smashed a man's cellphone was settled out of court.