I hope we don’t see any provocation from McGregor - Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father

Alicia Cross
August 5, 2018

That led to charges for McGregor, who escaped a jail term and criminal record after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, paving the way for the bout against Nurmagomedov.

News of the press conference emerged a little over 24 hours after McGregor hinted that a deal to see him take on the undefeated Nurmagomedov is close to coming to fruition.

Nurmagomedov (26-0), who wasn't actually on the bus, won the vacant lightweight belt by beating Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn two days after McGregor's attack, which injured uninvolved fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg.

McGregor was then asked if he'll fight Nurmagomedov before the end of the year, and responded by saying: "I believe so".

McGregor hasn't fought within UFC since November 12, 2016 against Eddie Alvarez and he will be desperate to light up the sport once again.

UFC held its 25th anniversary quarterly press conference on Friday in Los Angeles leading into the UFC 227 event set to take place this weekend in the Staples Center.

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Those include a September 8 pay-per-view card in Dallas headlined by the Tyron Woodley-Darren Till welterweight title fight and a December 29 card in Las Vegas likely to feature a fight between women's champions Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, although negotiations continue. But once the event wrapped, White presented a video package that announced the return of the UFC's biggest star.

"It's time to roll", Diaz said following his own two-year absence.

This is going to be one hell of a fight!

Diaz says that White did not have his back while he was battling a lawsuit from his 2016 fight with McGregor. "It's good to have Nate back".

UFC 229 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be for Nurmagomedov's lightweight belt.

"This is a championship fight right here ..."

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