Conor McGregor, after being away from the Octagon for a while, is all set to make his comeback in January. 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently confirmed that McGregor will fight Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas. 

McGregor, who was a very regular face in the UFC, began to appear rarely on the event since winning the lightweight title at UFC 205 in 2016. In fact, after the victory, he fought in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) just once and ended up losing the combat. The loss, which happened against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in 2018, turned out to be his last for some time. 

McGregor, however, has expressed to become more active now and is reportedly looking at three big fights for 2020. 

The former UFC champion, apparently, wanted to return to the Octagon this December but the UFC failed to accommodate him so he agreed for the January fight. Following that, he would like to return toward spring or summer where he could fight Jorge Masvidal or Nathan Diaz.

Conor McGregor has apologised for his unprovoked attack on a man in a Dublin pub Conor McGregor Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Ethan Miller

McGregor aims at ending the year by taking on the current champion, Khabib, if he still is the champion, as reported by ESPN. The fight is expected to happen in Moscow. 

"He really wants to right that wrong. The last fight he got submitted, he wants to right that wrong so he’s hoping that he can win those two fights, get the title fight, and then shut everyone up," ESPN Journalist Ariel Helwani said while discussing McGregor recently. 

The comeback won't be an easy one for the Irishman, who is already undergoing several issues. 

He was involved in an assault on a bus full of fighters during a fight week event for UFC 223 in 2018. McGregor was then charged with robbery for destroying a mobile phone at a Miami hotel - the case was settled out of court and the charges were dropped. The former UFC champion then pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in a Dublin pub over the man’s refusal to drink Conor’s "Proper 12" whiskey. 

The worst charges have come recently as McGregor has been linked to two separate sex assault cases where the verdict is awaited.