McGregor returns for Nurmagomedov grudge match

McGregor returns for Nurmagomedov grudge match

McGregor returns for Nurmagomedov grudge match

McGregor last fought in the UFC on November 12, 2016, defeating Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC lightweight championship.

White added: "All the numbers are tracking higher than Mayweather-McGregor and this fight is a global fight, the whole world will be literally watching this fight".

Khabib has been saying in various interviews that he plans on making McGregor exhausted and humble, and that is what I expect. "If somebody is late, it's not my problem". McGregor is so unbelievably calm in there that it's actually a little bit frightening, and Khabib hasn't really been on a stage of this scale before. He's petrified. I've given you enough faceoffs all these years.

Earlier, Nurmagomedov had sat on the podium for 10 minutes waiting for McGregor to arrive before walking out.

"I'm starting a new weight class because I heard they already wanted to do it anyway, I'm like let's get it poppin". On the other side, while Nurmagomedov's style requires more levels and time, it's also a basic game plan: get in on his opponent, and from there, rely on being one of the strongest wrestlers in the history of the sport. McGregor will have the chance to do what no one else has done in beating the undefeated Russian, while Khabib will get the fight he wants to prove he is the king of the Lightweight division.

Ferguson was supposed to face Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 in April, in what would have been the biggest fight of his career.

"I don't care, he can call me anything - I don't give a [expletive]", replied Abdelaziz, who also has several other MMA fighters, including Frankie Edgar, Cody Garbrandt and Fabricio Werdum, in the stable at his management company, Dominance.

Nurmagomedov admitted the first defence of his title is not just business for him.

"I would be interested in an Anderson Silva bout". Why (do) I have to think about him, (if) he comes or not? I'm not going to wait.

"Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a "[expletive] snitch terrorist rat", said McGregor. "But if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes", he bellowed.

He continued saying that Khabib is "too easy to hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I'm going to knock him clean out". "Never, ever, ever, over".

He said: "For me this is more than defending my title".

The Irishman was relieved of the crown because of his hiatus from the octagon, having made a brief foray into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather in a highly lucrative contest in August past year.

Khabib is the favourite at [1.63] at the time of writing but if you are planning on having a bet, he is likely to drift as the contest approaches with recreational punters betting on McGregor on the back of Media Day on Wednesday and the Weigh-In on Friday.

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