This is where Conor McGregor thinks his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov will be

By Mirror: Wednesday, August 1st 2018 at 08:55 GMT +3 | Boxing
McGregor claims he is 'very close' to a UFC comeback [Photo: Courtesy]

Conor McGregor has claimed he is 'very close' to agreeing a return to the Octagon to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor expects the fight to be confirmed for later this year and thinks it will take place in Las Vegas.

The former two-weight world champion hasn't fought in any discipline since losing a boxing match to Floyd Mayweather in August last year.

The Irishman could face Khabib Nurmagomedov [Photo: Courtesy]

His last UFC appearance came in November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez by TKO - but the Irishman claims he is on the verge of a comeback.

When asked if he was close to confirming the bout, McGregor told TMZ: "Yes, very close."

He was then probed over whether it would take place this year, adding: "I believe so. I hope so."

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McGregor was running through New York when he answered the questions, but admitted the fight would probably take place in Vegas.

McGregor hasn't fought in the UFC since 2016 [Photo: Courtesy]

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I'd love to fight in the [Madison Square] Garden but I believe this one will be in Las Vegas."

McGregor was spared jail earlier this month after reaching a plea deal over his attack on a bus in April.

He was charged with assault and criminal mischief after he attacked the vehicle carrying fellow fighters in Brooklyn.

He lost to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match last year [Photo: Courtesy]

McGregor agreed to five days of community service and to take anger management classes after pleading guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

He said: "I just want to say I am thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward. I want to say to my friends, my family and my fans; thank you for supporting me."

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