The holder of the belt of the Absolute Fighting Championship (UFC) in lightweight, Russian Habib Nurmagomedov called Irishman Conor McGregor to a duel in November in New York.
April 4 McGregor , accompanied by several people attacked the bus with soldiers who were supposed to take part in the tournament UFC 223 in New York, the bus was Nurmagomedov. On the video of the incident, you can see how the Irishman smashed the glass in the bus with a portable trolley on wheels. The fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured and could not take part in the tournament. On Thursday, a trial was held in the court of the New York district of Brooklyn on the case of a 30-year-old soldier, following which he escaped imprisonment; Also, the incident will not affect his visa and McGregor will not have a criminal record.
“I am glad that he is not in prison, otherwise I would not be able to punish him,” Nurmagomedov said. “Now we need to bring him to Madison Square Garden in New York in November and finish our business.”
The manager of the Russian fighter, Ali Abdel-Aziz, in his turn noted that he considers the imprisonment to be a more favorable outcome of the case for McGregor, because now he will not have a chance to refuse a fight with Nurmagomedov. “There’s nothing to say, now it’s Habib’s business. Frankly, McGregor would be safer to be behind bars, “said Abdel-Aziz, whose words are quoted by Gazeta.ru as referring to ESPN.
The former owner of the UFC belt in lightweight American Eddie Alvarez believes that the liberation of McGregor will favorably affect mixed martial arts. In addition, according to the former UFC champion, the Irishman has every right to resume his career with a title fight. “It would be very bad if he was put in jail at the peak of his uniform, I’m glad that he has everything in this way,” said Alvarez. “As for the title fight, I will not be upset if he gets it, this is the world in which we live, remember Brock Lesnar – he came and immediately got the title, I dominated his weight, but those who compete for the title , defines the UFC “.
Rumors of a possible battle Nurmagomedova and McGregor after the decision by the court of Brooklyn warmed up and the coach of the Irish fighter Owen Roddy. “I think it will be a good fight,” said Roddy, answering the question about the possibility of a fight between the fighters. – Most likely, negotiations will begin now, I can assume that we will see a duel before the end of the year. I already said that the most likely opponent for MacGregor now is Habib, Conor was preparing for this. ”
At the moment, McGregor, who has not fought in the UFC since November 2016, is second in the lightweight ranking of the organization. Topping the ranking is the American Tony Ferguson, who, due to frequent injuries and breakdowns of the fights, fell out of favor with the UFC leadership, so it’s unlikely that the head of Dana White’s promotion will give Ferguson a title duel if McGregor is ready for battle. Until the end of the year there are four so-called “numbered” tournaments in the UFC grid, which often host the most profitable fights from the commercial point of view, as well as title fights, UFC 229 (Las Vegas, October 6), UFC 230 (New York, November 3. The most preferable option for Nurmagomedov), UFC 231 (Toronto, December 8. The probability that the Nurmagomedov-McGregor fight will pass there is close to zero) and the traditional New Year’s tournament at number 232 (Las Vegas, December 29).
McGregor is one of the most popular fighters of the UFC, he had 24 fights in mixed martial arts, having won 21 victories (18 ahead of schedule) and having suffered three defeats, he won the first title of UFC champion in 2015. McGregor was the first UFC fighter in history who had two titles in different weight categories (featherweight and lightweight) at the same time, however on November 27 of last year it was announced that the Irishman is deprived of the title of champion of the UFC featherweight. In January of this year the Irishman was also deprived of a belt in lightweight for passivity (he did not fight since 2016).
Nurmagomedov is the first Russian to win the title of UFC champion. In early April, he defeated the American Al Jakwint. Total career 29-year-old Russian won in the MMA 26 wins (16 – ahead of schedule), not suffered a single defeat.