For McGregor (21-3), it will be his first MMA fight in almost two years and first time in fighting action since his professional boxing debut during a heavily-hyped fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last August - which he lost via TKO in the 10th round. But to maintain his sporting dominance, he has to eat right. Yeah, we had a good time.
McGregor never defended either belt. But it's worth pointing out that we did pay something for it. Since then he has had a foray into professional boxing but, despite his absence from mixed martial arts, remains the UFC's most recognisable name as he backs up his undoubted ringcraft with charisma to burn.
However, in a presser line up that included the returning Nate Diaz and widely regarded number one contender Dustin Poirier, Conor and Khabib were conspicuously absent. It's a rarity in combat sports, in that its mainstream, entertainment appeal is completely matched by its competitive legitimacy.
Former two-weight world champion McGregor has wanted to face Nurmagomedov for some time. "For Khabib, who is undefeated and who is looked at as one of the best fighters in the world, beating Conor is massive for him".
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This is going to be one hell of a fight!
McGregor was last seen inside the Octagon back in November 2016. McGregor lost via 10th round TKO, but is believed to have walked out $100 million richer.
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. For the second year in a row, McGregor is on the bill.
Israel Adesanya didn't seem phased by Brunson's attempt of body shaming, and the up-and-comer has impressed UFC fans with his last three fights, which brought him victories over Rob Wilkinson, Marvin Vettori, and Brad Tavares.