It looks like Conor McGregor is set for a return to the Octagon in 2020 against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
A fight that has long been speculated, McGregor teased a January return to the UFC while on his Proper 12 whiskey tour of Russia last month, though no opponent was named.
Since then, UFC President Dana White stated that negotiations had started in regards to a fight between McGregor and Cerrone.
As an extra layer of confirmation, McGregor’s long-time manager Audie Attar told the South China Morning Post that a deal for the fight was progressing and that he hopes an announcement will be made shortly.
“I would say that talks have been progressing,” Attar said of the negotiations between both camps [H/T Sherdog]. “We’ve met them; we’re in close communication with them.
“I would hope that an announcement could happen in the coming weeks, but at the end of the day, it’s still a work in progress.”
McGregor hasn’t featured in an Octagon for over a year. Last time out, “The Notorious” failed in his attempt to win back his UFC lightweight belt from Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 before scenes took an ugly turn in the arena.
Meanwhile, Cerrone enjoyed a resurgence upon his return to the UFC lightweight division following a brief stint at welterweight.
The Coloradan defeated both Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta in convincing fashion before suffering two TKO losses on the spin against the division’s best in Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.