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Did Dana White plan for the altercation after McGregor vs Khabib to happen?

It’s safe to say that the UFC match pitting McGregor against Khabib was certainly entertaining. The Irishman tapped out the Khabib in the fourth round after his two-year hiatus from the sport in a decisive one-sided affair, which was in someway revenge from Conors attack on a bus in which Khabib was the reported intended target in April this year. Dana White was the first to speak out on this, saying at the time…

What was said?

“This is the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company, and there is a warrant out for McGregor’s arrest. The police are looking for him right now. His plane cannot take off, he cannot leave the state of New York with this warrant. He’ll be grounded, and I’m assuming eventually if they don’t catch him, he’ll turn himself in. You can imagine he’s going to be sued beyond belief and this was a really bad career move for him.”

Suffice to say Dana did not hold back on his criticism of Conor and rightfully so, for it was a stupid and unnecessary attack and he deservedly was sentenced to five days of community service and to attend anger management classes. However, despite Dana’s outspoken criticism of the incident, many were saying how he was secretly delighted that one of his fighters had mainstream attention off the back of this. McGregor has been a controversial figure in the sport for the past few years being one of the only UFC competitors to be a household name many thanks to swapping the octagon from something more square in his bout with Floyd Mayweather last year.

WWE-esque

The rivalry between Khabib and McGregor has also been ongoing for months and has been incredibly personal with Khabib’ family and religion being particular targets for the taunts. In a way, it has felt slightly like an old-fashioned WWE feud, both competitors fighting for more than the title. In fact whilst the fighting was ongoing, I was half expecting for Stone Cold to come out to hit both men with a stunner.

Moments like these can only help the UFC brand. UFC is a brutal sport, so garnering attention from the media from events like these can only attract the attention of those who are interested in more violent endeavours, and more fans, of course, means more money. This brings us on to the altercation which happened at UFC 229 last Saturday. After the Russians victory, he jumped out of the octagon and attacked one of McGregor’s sparring partners, and members of Nurmagomedov’s entourage attacked McGregor inside the octagon. Similar to April’s bus attack, White was quick to slam the competitor.

”Khabib had the opportunity to walk out of that place a champion. He would have looked like a stud, instead of flying over the cage and doing the things that he did. It should have been a very different night for him. There’s going to be fines. There’s going to be God knows what. Can these guys get visas to get back in the country? We’ll see how this plays out, but I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and this is the biggest night ever, and I couldn’t be more disappointed.”

Speculation

After the event, many were speculating what the punishment for Khabib would be after McGregor refused to press charges against those who attacked him. Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse was withheld, and speculation is he could face a hefty fine along with a lengthy suspension. His lightweight title could also be stripped if his actions result in a significant suspension. However, Dana has since come out to say that no matter what happens, the Russian will keep his world lightweight title even if he is banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) pending investigation. Dana has also said he expects the ban to be 4-6 months in length.

It’s been a week since the events, and yet Dana has seemingly changed his tune entirely. There’s also the argument that if Dana was unhappy with the events that were transpiring Saturday night, then why were the cameras continuing to film if this isn’t what the intention was? Even if it wasn’t the intention, White has hardly thrown the book at Khabib and let the police deal with McGregor in the April bus attack. He, of course, needs to come out with these statements in order to not seem like he is encouraging the controversy, but events like these definitely raise the profile of his sport which can only result in more money.

 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor Preview

Conor McGregor’s 23-month hiatus from the UFC is coming to an end and will ‘blow people away’, according to UFC president Dana White. (Already counting the money)

On October 7th, McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in the main event of UFC 229 against the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The showdown between McGregor and Nurmagomedov has been nearly two years in the making and on all evidence could be the biggest fight in UFC history.

Biggest Fight in UFC History?

Dana White gives his view of the event:

“I am confident it will do two million on pay-per-view, Believe me when I tell you, this will be massive. It’s going to blow people away how big this event will be.”

McGregor’s last five fights, including his monumental boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, have set huge records for the UFC.

McGregor hasn’t set foot inside the cage since claiming the lightweight just under two years ago. McGregor was then stripped of the title in April due to inactivity, which paved the way for Nurmagomedov to replace him a the helm of the 155lbs division in the main event of UFC 223.

Nurmagomedov surely cannot wait to get in the ring with Conor after ‘the bus’ incident.

Ring Rust

Khabib Nurmagomedov said:

“Me versus Conor, this is the biggest fight in UFC history, People want to watch this fight. Conor is money fight, he is very popular and he has a very big name. He has only one chance. A lucky punch. He has only a left-hand. That’s it. Worry about wrestling, worry about grappling. My dream is to smash this guy. My dream is to make this guy like chicken inside the cage. What I want is the cage closed, then we know everything. I don’t see how he’s going to beat me. I have my location. T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Khabib also hasn’t set foot in the ring since winning the Lightweight belt back in April. Ring rust is a subject that has to come up between these two fighters with well over two years out of the Octagon between them.

However, McGregor’s striking coach Owen Ruddy doesn’t expect such an issue for Conor having stated:

“No, he’s always in the gym. It affects some people, ring rust. Or people always say, ‘Fighting in the UFC for the first time is a scary thing’. That affects some people, the nerves affect some people. And then some people embrace it, Conor embraces it. He’ll go in there and it’ll be like he never left. When he goes back into the Octagon (in October) it’ll just be familiar. He’ll go back in as the same person he is backstage, he’ll be the exact same person he is in the cage and anybody fighting him that man is in for a short night. Most definitely.”

McGregor got everyone talking about him once again following the UFC 229 Press Conference. Conor is a showman, there is no better man on the planet to sell a fight and that’s an understatement. Watch here: Khabib vs McGregor Press Conference.

Prediction

This writer is a fan of McGregor so I will try not to be biased. Khabib is dangerous, Khabib is EXTREMELY dangerous once he takes you down and starts to ground and pound. But, will he be able to take Conor down? Conor is a master at distance fighting and his left hand is faster and more accurate than anyone else on the planet. His fight against Jose Aldo would back that up. Speaking of Jose Aldo, no one thought Conor would win, but guess what he did (inside 13 seconds). His fight against Eddie Alvarez, no-one expected Conor to win, but guess what he did. Conor should not be the underdog here regardless of his wrestling game compare to Khabib’s. That left hand is ruthless and Khabib’s chin is weak.

Expect McGregor to win by the 2nd round by KO.