Conor McGregor was involved in an altercation last April at the Barclays Center in NY after he and a group of supporters attacked a bus with several large objects, smashing out a window and leaving a UFC fighter injured.
Former two division champion Conor Mcgregor is a well known knockout artist and has a history of starching his opponents inside the Octagon. White also announced that the victor of the UFC 223 main event between Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway would receive McGregor's belt. "On Saturday night you're in for a show, trust me on that". And while Nurmagomedov's decision not bow to McGregor and instead shift his focus to making weight by leaving is a respectable one, the champion made the kind of decision that ultimately could cost him money by doing the minimum to promote the fight.
Nurmagomedov grabbed the microphone even before White got on stage and said, "I don't wait for anyone. He doesn't want to be around these people", McGregor said. "I have to focus on my weight cut". "Dig my knuckle into his orbital bone and that's what I'm going to do".
"Why I have to think about him? I'm sure he's hunting for a few quid as well".
McGregor was filmed hurling a dolly through a window of a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other fighters as it moved through a loading dock at the venue.
"I think beginning of first round I have to be careful with him because he has good timing and good boxing but my wrestling is my pressure", Nurmagomedov said. "He doesn't want to be around me". "I did not plan on this". When the Russian returned, the results were a bit underwhelming; he looked rusty in his tune-up fight against Darrell Horcher and had to overcome a slow start - and getting stunned early - before dominating Michael Johnson.
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The truth is that the current UFC lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov is really a awful stylistic matchup for any fighter.
"They'll both be at the weigh-ins on time and we'll get the staredown when it actually matters".
"He has to kill me to stop me", said the Russian.
That drew the ire of McGregor, who went after Nurmagoedov and his trainer.
Khabib has told Conor that he's going to be in for a long night, and if he gets him to the ground, then it's not hard to imagine that prediction coming true. F-- peace. There will never be peace here.
That's the lowest you can go?
The fight is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the UFC after McGregor broke a window on a bus Nurmagomedov was on in Brooklyn in a frenzied attack nearly six months ago.