Conor McGregor's Lawyer Hints At Date And Location For Khabib Fight

Conor McGregor's Lawyer Hints At Date And Location For Khabib Fight

The ex-UFC featherweight and lightweight king returns at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to take on unbeaten Dagestan phenom Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155lbs title.

Maybe "sham" isn't the right word, but it was definitely more spectacle than sport.

Mixed martial arts has been without its biggest star for almost two years. McGregor, though, never defended the strap as he courted a boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather, leaving a vacuum in the division.

McGregor is returning to UFC, and White said that they were waiting for his legal proceedings to conclude before moving forward.

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"Let's wait to see what the exact sum is that the fighters get, it will be officially announced by the UFC", he added. It's a rarity in combat sports, in that its mainstream, entertainment appeal is completely matched by its competitive legitimacy. UFC president Dana White downplayed the idea when asked during the conference. "For Khabib, who is undefeated and who is looked at as one of the best fighters in the world, beating Conor is massive for him", White said. Two years ago, few could have fathomed a bigger fight for McGregor than a trilogy with Nate Diaz, but this matchup challenges that.

There's also a compelling November 3 co-main event bout at Madison Square Garden between McGregor's heated lightweight rival Nate Diaz and gritty Dustin Poirier, who has claimed three fight-of-the-night and one performance-of-the-night bonuses in his last four bouts. Diaz vented his frustration that White supported McGregor while the Irishman was going through a similar circumstance with Showtime and Mayweather, but that White didn't give him the same support in public and also claimed that Diaz was turning down fights. McGregor lost via 10th round TKO, but is believed to have walked out $100 million richer. The MMA company has two pay-per-views on the horizon, UFC 229 and 230, and Dana White booked two big matches for the respective events. For the second year in a row, McGregor is on the bill.

The UFC did not disclose the terms of the fight agreement.

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