Dana White: Conor McGregor will not be punished for bus attack

06 August, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov Announced For UFC 229

The former double-weight champion is all set to face Russia's undefeated MMA sensation and reigning lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) at UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 6.

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

Since then, McGregor's return to the UFC has been teased but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. It's a rarity in combat sports, in that its mainstream, entertainment appeal is completely matched by its competitive legitimacy. The decision to strip McGregor (21-3) of his crown did not go down well and ill-feeling between the fighters escalated in the week leading up to Nurmagomedov becoming champion. Two years ago, few could have fathomed a bigger fight for McGregor than a trilogy with Nate Diaz, but this matchup challenges that. UFC president Dana White downplayed the idea when asked during the conference.

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He has not fought in the UFC ever since he clinched the 155-pound championship from Eddie Alvarez back in November 2016 at UFC 2015. Derek Brunson had some momentum going for him in the UFC after claiming a two-fight win streak, but that momentum was stopped when he was knocked out in the first round by Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza last January. McGregor lost via 10th round TKO, but is believed to have walked out $100 million richer. Nurmagomedov is the betting favorite, and his style of holding opponents down and battering them round to round has become one of the worst ways to lose in mixed martial arts.

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.

The bout, which will take place at UFC 229, is already being talked about as one of the fights of the year and promotional video for the fight has broken the internet in predictable style.

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