Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon against Khabib Nurmagomedov, it has been announced.
The lightweight title fight was confirmed during UFC’s 25th Anniversary press conference earlier today (Friday, August 3).
It will take place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on October 6, and will air live on pay-per-view.
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The Notorious hasn’t fought in the UFC since becoming the promotion’s first two-division champ in November 2016, knocking out Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight strap to his featherweight title.
The Irishman has since been stripped of both belts while stepping into the world of professional boxing, taking on Floyd Mayweather and being defeated via TKO in the 10th round.
Since that respectable, and incredibly lucrative, defeat McGregor’s MMA return was hotly anticipated with a war of words and transport dollies escalating between he and Russia’s Nurmagomedov.
Back in April, the SBG fighter was charged with three counts of assault and criminal mischief after launching an attack on a bus carrying Khabib and other fighters who were prepping for UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York.
McGregor told the press:
I regret my actions that led me here today. I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon. Thank you.
Nurmagomedov won the lightweight belt McGregor was forced to vacate, thanks to inactivity, in April after overcoming Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.
Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap said:
It is undesirable to say about this now, but negotiations are nearing completion.
Now we know for real.
McGregor, along with a group of about twenty others, is said to have confronted Nurmagomedov, who was on a bus with other fighters at the Barclays Center.
It was claimed McGregor ran up alongside the slowly moving bus, before grabbing a metal dolly, which he threw at it.
Fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa were allegedly injured by shattered glass, and sent to hospital. They were then both removed from the Brooklyn card on the advice of the NYSAC and the UFC’s medical team.
Following the attack, McGregor waited a while before he handed himself in.
McGregor was held overnight at the 78th precinct in Brooklyn, New York, just a couple of blocks away from where the altercation took place.
Following the incident, UFC president, Dana White, claimed Conor’s actions were disgusting, and that it put the Irishman’s future in MMA at risk.
I think everybody is going to be pretty disgusted. Listen, if you don’t like Khabib then fight him. You can do it legally. This fight is happening Saturday we could have done it. You could have done it within the rules of fighting.
But you want to grab 30 friends and come down here and do what you did today. It is disgusting. I don’t know if he is on drugs or whatever his deal is. This is a guy who just had a baby.
Do you want to be in business with Conor McGregor right now? I don’t think anybody is going to want him right now.
Conor had been out on a $50,000 bail leading up to his court appearance.
William Kephart, a former prosecutor in Long Island, had said McGregor’s case was ‘just a run-of-the-mill’ one, adding how the most serious charge would be criminal mischief.
Kephart also stated it would be ‘unlikely’ the MMA star would face any jail time.
Another former New York prosecutor, Steven Raiser, told USA Today the charges were ‘not too serious’, saying:
The good news for McGregor is that the most serious charge is the property damage charge. With no prior criminal history, this will be reduced as part of a plea.
Following a plea-deal McGregor’s two felony charges were reduced to a single misdemeanour, and while he faces no jail time he will serve five days of community service, and attend anger management.
Roll on the fight!
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