UFC president Dana Whiter recently stated that he didn’t expect Conor McGregor to make his return to the Octagon until early 2020 as he waits to see how the Lightweight division plays out.

But according to White, we may see “Notorious” sooner, rather than later.

During the post-fight press conference at last night’s UFC 240 event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, White said there is a very real possibility that Conor heads to Abu Dhabi on September 6, 2019 to fill in as a replacement should something happen to Khabib Nurmagomedov or Dustin Poirier prior to their 155-pound title fight.

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“Yeah, I talked to him last week, he wants to come back. Really what he’s doing is looking to see how everything plays out in September. I was just thinking out there,” said White.

“As of right now … Khabib and Poirier are fighting. You know how this business works: anything can happen and usually does. So I think he’s just sort of waiting to see how it all plays out and does he have an opportunity somewhere to jump in and make something happen.”

White previously stated he wouldn’t mind if Conor crashed UFC 242, so now it seems there could be a very real possibility that McGregor makes the trip just in case his services are needed.

Conor is eligible to compete now that he has served his suspension for the post-fight brawl at UFC 229. Interestingly enough, Conor has already faced both men.

Back in 2014, McGregor knocked out Poirier in the very first round at UFC 178, while he lost to Khabib last October. Either one of those matchups would be big for Conor’s comeback, but now it simply remains to be seen if all goes as planned for UFC 242.

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