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Dana White gives timeline for Conor McGregor return

UFC president Dana White has rubbished Conor McGregor’s suggestion his next fight will take place in Dublin on December 14, insisting he’ll fight on the Las Vegas card scheduled for that date or early next year.

During an Twitter Q&A, White said: I’m sure you saw his tweet. Conor wants to fight Dec. 14 in Dublin, but we have a fight in Vegas.

“So if he doesn’t fight on that (UFC 245) card, he’ll fight early next year.”

I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov discusses next fight

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is ’80 per cent’ confident his next fight will take place in Russia.

“Negotiations are continuing with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia,” the 30-year-old told Russia’s Channel 1. “In St. Petersburg there’s a closed arena [Gazprom Arena].

“In Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium is open… I was there at the [football] World Cup final when it rained, if that kind of rain happened it would ruin an [MMA] event.

“In St. Petersburg the stadium seats 75,000 people, I could fight there. In a small arena it wouldn’t work.

“I really want to fight here, talks are continuing, I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia.”

Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier III confirmed

White, meanwhile, has also revealed former light-heavy and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier won’t be retiring and will have a trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic next year.

“Stipe is recovering from that fight,” told Barstool Spotrs. “He’s got some bumps and bangs from that fight.

“We’re waiting for him to heal and then yeah, we’re going to do the trilogy.”

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