Conor McGregor will finally make his long awaited Octagon return as he takes on newly-crowned lightweight champion and rival Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) at UFC 229 on October 6, the UFC announced on Friday.
The bout will see undefeated Russian Nurmagomedov, 29, take on Irishman McGregor, 30, who is the only person ever to hold UFC belts at two different weights simultaneously.
Negotiations for the biggest fight in UFC history are now ongoing and a deal is expected to be reached in the coming days.
McGregor was arrested, but was sentenced last month to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal.
"Let's wait to see what the exact sum is that the fighters get, it will be officially announced by the UFC", he added.
Nurmagomedov was the intended target of McGregor's wrath after a previous spat between the fighters' camps.
He is a formidable challenger for McGregor in a return from a 23-month break from MMA competition.
In a video interview this week, the San Jose-based Nurmagomedov touted his belt and his dominance in pushing the UFC to properly pay him in accordance with McGregor, the organization's leading draw.
Earlier in the news conference, the UFC also promoted the long-awaited return of Nate Diaz, who memorably split two bouts with McGregor in 2016.
After a confrontation between associates of the pair, McGregor gatecrashed a Nurmagomedov press conference in NY in April.
McGregor, speaking with TMZ, revealed a deal for his comeback fight was near to completion nearly two years since his last appearance in the octagon.
"UFC President Dana White, and more than a dozen fighters competing in upcoming events, will participate in a special press conference in celebration of the organization's 25th anniversary season on Friday, August 3rd at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles".