Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh has confirmed the Irishman is in ‘ongoing talks’ to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Irishman has not been seen inside the Octagon since 2016 and is looking to make his comeback by ending Nurmagomedov’s reign at the top of the lightweight division.

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With Nurmagomedov claiming in recent weeks that the UFC are ‘working on’ his proposed bout with ‘The Notorious’, coach Kavanagh has confirmed that both teams are locked in ‘ongoing negotiations’.

It’s no secret, the headlines are out there, that there is ongoing negotiations. I get regular updates. It’s ongoing – so cross everything.

McGregor must first avoid a prison sentence later this month if he is to make his UFC return before the end of the year.

The Dubliner is due back in court on July 26, after his antics at a recent UFC media day in Brooklyn resulted in him being charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief.

With head coach Kavanagh confirming that talks are ongoing with Nurmagomedov, all eyes will now be on McGregor’s court case, with a positive outcome potentially spelling the Irishman’s return to the UFC.