There's been no official word from the UFC, but it looks like Conor McGregor fans can start getting excited about The Notorious' imminent return to the ring after Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone took to Instagram this morning to make a much-awaited announcement.
The former bull-riding American lightweight posted a picture of him attending to a horse, with token Stetson appendage, and the caption: 'Good News @thenotoriousmma looks like we get to fight for the 155 Interim Title'
Crumlin fighter McGregor has been out of the Octagon since his October loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov descended into chaos inside and outside the cage at UFC 229, the result of which was a six-month ban for The Notorious, which is due to end on April 6th.
Nurmagomedev, who himself was slapped with a nine-month restriction after the antics in Las Vegas, has recently stated that he does not intend to fight until at least November, and there had been a suggestion that McGregor and Cerrone would fight for an interim title, whilst the mixed martial arts world awaited the return of the of the lightweight champ.
Conor has been doing a bit of posting himself in the last few days, leaving us in no doubt that he is well on his way to getting back to peak physical condition ahead of his return to action.
Cerrone, also seemed to confirm the fight in a fan Q&A ahead of this weekend's UFC 234, in Melbourne.
It’s definitely gonna be this year. This summer, I think, right?
Hey, Irish, Australian, American. F*ckin’ root for whoever you want. I’m going in there to fight. I love it, man. I don’t care — boo, cheer.
The American went on to predict a second-round knockout of his potential opponent.
30-year-old McGregor captured the UFC Featherweight Championship, first on an interim basis in July 2015, with a win over Chad Mendes, before unifying the belt just prior to Christmas the same year with victory over José Aldo. He relinquished that title when winning the Lightweight belt in November 2016's win over Eddie Alvarez before taking almost a two-year break from the Octagon before losing to Khabib five months ago.