Fight fans are still eagerly waiting for Conor McGregor's return to the MMA game.
While the Notorious certainly divides opinion and has been embroiled in a number of legal issues of late, there's no denying that he is still the main attraction of mixed martial arts.
McGregor's charismatic persona helped build the UFC into the entity it is today, but he has not fought under the promotion since last October.
The Irishman infamously lost that much-anticipated bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, with both fighters suspended after their post-fight brawl in Las Vegas.
Khabib made his UFC return back on September 7, where he defeated Dustin Poirier to retain his lightweight title.
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But when will McGregor be making his return? Sadly, it doesn't sound like it will be anytime soon.
Speaking in Ukraine, the Notorious confirmed that he is struggling to agree terms for his return to the UFC with Dana White, despite rumours of a potential fight with Frankie Edgar.
As such, his first fight of 2019 is shaping up to be at a charity event, which he plans to organise for December.
"Funny enough, I just want to compete now," the former featherweight and lightweight champion said, per Mirror.
"I was trying the December 14th card, for whatever reason they've been holding me back.
"We had opponents selected and everything and they're just making it very difficult for me for whatever reason.
"So now I'm kind of in a position where I'm attempting to set up a charity event.
"I've done this before in my hometown but I done it in an amateur boxing event at my old boxing club, Crumlin Boxing Club, but I want to do mixed martial arts competition also.
"Create an event, find an opponent, compete, zero prize. I do not care about the prize. The prize is in my home.
"I have five prizes in my home that I seek to get, I've got them.
"I just want to compete now, I want to come back, I want to get sharp, I want to show the best of myself and continue to climb. So that's why I am seeking to do.
"So we are looking to do that sometime in December, hopefully have a charity mixed martial arts event for zero prize.
"The prize will go to charity, so that's what we are aiming for."
It looks like we won't be seeing McGregor back in the UFC in 2019, but there's still a slim chance he will make his comeback next year.News Now - Sport News