With Conor McGregor’s legal matters now cleared, and after nearly two years of build-up, the anticipated bout between McGregor and UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will finally take place on Oct. 6 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
McGregor faced charges following an attack during the week of UFC 223 that saw the Irish superstar throw a dolly through the window of a bus carrying UFC fighters including Nurmagomedov. McGregor ultimately pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges and should see his criminal record remain clean, though he could have seen felony charges and jail time.
The two have bickered since late 2016 when Nurmagomedov claimed McGregor stole his lightweight title shot against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden. McGregor was stripped of the title back in April, after nearly a year-and-a-half away from the Octagon (most of which was time spent pursuing the boxing match with Floyd Mayweather). Numragomedov won the then-vacant title at UFC 223.
“I’ve been telling you guys forever that we had to wait until Conor’s stuff was handled in New York,” White told TMZ Sports. “It got done. Obviously, it was very favorable for Conor.”
Conor wanted this fight. As soon as his thing was over in New York he wanted the fight and said: “let’s do this, let’s make this as soon as possible, I want to fight this guy.”
White confirmed that despite hinting otherwise following the April incident and during the legal proceedings, the UFC will not hand down a punishment to McGregor. White defended the situation by claiming McGregor already lost a decent amount of time and money for the bus attack.
“Suspended? He hasn’t fought in two years. How much longer should we suspend him?” asked White. “He has obviously lost lots of money — millions of dollars — for what went down in New York. What more could we do to him?
He went through the legal process and got what he got. That’s it.
Original Story: MMA Mania