Dana White reveals when Conor McGregor is likely to fight again
Unfortunately, Conor McGregor has been more notorious for his actions outside of the octagon - rather than in it - this year.
How quickly people forget just how good the Crumlin-born fighter is on his day, though. Combining a razor sharp tongue in the often chaotic build ups to his fights with eye-catching finishes once the action got underway, McGregor quickly became one of the most hyped fighters across any discipline.
His signature win is perhaps his astonishing demolition of Jose Aldo, whose five year reign as the dominant force in the featherweight division was ended in just 13 seconds by McGregor's infamous left hand.
Two brutal fights against Nate Diaz at 170lbs arguably only increased the legend surrounding McGregor - despite losing the first bout, he took an immediate rematch against Diaz and won a tightly contested decision after one of the most blistering and bloody fights in UFC history.
Since then, though, things haven't gone entirely according to plan for Conor. That might sound a strange thing to say considering he made millions from his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, has launched several of his own businesses and has continued to be one of the most discussed names in combat sports.
But events outside of mixed martial arts and boxing have left a sour taste in the mouths of many who admired the Irish fighter. A slew of incidents, the most recent of which saw the 31-year-old appear to strike an older man in an Irish pub, have left McGregor in need of some image rehabilitation. What better way to get the fans back on side then, than by doing what he does best: winning emphatically in the octagon?
The Irish fighter got fans excited when he posted a cryptic tweet earlier this week, writing "Dublin, December 14th". Many took this to mean that Conor was announcing his return to the UFC with a bout in Ireland, perhaps against Justin Gaethje, who was said to be in line to fight Conor earlier this year, before the latter broke his hand.
However, in response to a fan's question during a Twitter Q&A, Dana White poured cold water on the notion of a UFC Dublin event featuring Conor McGregor in December.
"I'm sure you saw his tweet. Conor wants to fight on December 14 in Dublin, but we have a fight in Vegas.
"So if he doesn't fight on that card, he will fight early next year."
It's no secret that Conor wants to run it back with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated the Irish fighter by way of submission in October of last year. The fractious build up to the fight spilled over into ugly scenes following the bout, with members of Khabib's team entering the Octagon and appearing to strike McGregor.