Conor McGregor close to UFC return as he tells Dana White to make a bout with Frankie Edgar

Dana White and Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor's return to the UFC could be getting even closer.

It's been over a year now since the Notorious was last seen inside the Octagon - and we all know what went down on October 6, 2018.

It was the infamous night in Las Vegas where he was mauled by Khabib Nurmagomedov, before the post-bout antics took centre stage.

Dana White recently revealed that it may be early 2020 when McGregor next fights, but it wouldn't be a rematch against Khabib.

The Russian champion is rumoured to be facing Tony Ferguson in either March or April next year - a fight that is long-awaited - so McGregor will likely need to defeat someone else in order to earn a lightweight title shot.

There's been plenty of names circulated on who that opponent may be - the likes of Justin Gaethje, Donald Cerrone and Khabib's last opponent Dustin Poirier have all thrown their names into the mix.

But it looks like MMA veteran Frankie Edgar is the opponent of choice for the Irishman.

Frankie Edgar looks likely to be the next to face Conor McGregor

The 38-year-old boasts a record of 23 wins and seven losses, and is coming off the back of a defeat to Max Holloway back in July.

After wishing Edgar a happy birthday on Twitter last night and that he will 'see him in December', McGregor tweeted Dana White to make the fight happen.

Not only that, but McGregor also stated that he will give his full fight purse to charity, which seems awfully generous of him.

Who knows if he is being sincere with that one, but with the noise he's making it's pretty clear that McGregor wants to get back in the thick of the action sooner rather than later.

McGregor is expected to return in early 2020, but he's pushing for a December fight.

With the recent bad press surrounding his name following the outing of his involvement in a Dublin pub assault, Conor will be wanting to let his actions do the talking in an MMA environment.

And if Dana White wants to make a lot of money, he needs McGregor at the top of his game once again.

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