Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked for UFC 229

Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked for UFC 229

McGregor was arrested, but was sentenced last month to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal.

With the fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov seemingly inevitable, the question remains where and when will the pair face off.

McGregor, who once held two titles in the UFC, led a band of associates into Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April and vandalized a bus occupied by Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters.

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.

"For the fight with McGregor Khabib Nurmagomedov will receive a record sum for a Russian fighter competing in mixed martial arts", he said.

McGregor (21-3) made his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather last August but he has not fought in the UFC since November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.

The UFC fighter is as famous for his concussive striking power as he is for his memorable microphone skills, his flambouyant dress sense, and his taste for a night on the town. But once the event wrapped, White presented a video package that announced the return of the UFC's biggest star.

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.

UFC 229 is set to down on October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Added Poirier: "We're going to show up, I promise you that. I already won that one twice", Diaz said before storming off the stage as the McGregor-Nurmagomedov presentation was aired.

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