Dana White Say No World Tour For Khabib Vs. Conor: ‘We Don’t Have A Time’
UFC president Dana White let the cat out of the bag during the 25th-anniversary presser that Conor Mcgregor is returning to UFC Octagon after two-year of hiatus to fight lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 on Oct. 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and has the potential to be the “biggest in the history of the company.”
Unlike former two-division champion, Mcgregor had international media appearances for his bout against Jose Aldo at UFC 189 and on a much larger scale the promotion of Floyd Mayweather bout, this time around there wouldn’t be any world tour due to of tight time frame.
“We don’t have time for a world tour,” UFC president Dana White said at the UFC 227 post-fight press conference. “These guys are going to fight the first week of October. Both guys are going to go into camp. We’ll do something fun, we’ll do some different stuff. We’re literally having a big meeting on Monday to get this stuff in order and get it going.”
A promotional bonanza might not be needed to sell this fight. Fight fans were waiting from so long for this fight to be official, and in fact, it will generate massive PPV record, which is currently held by Mcgregor vs. Nate Diaz rematch at UFC 202.
One of the primary reason for promoting this grudge match is what happened at UFC 223 media day, when McGregor with his members of entourage threw a dolly at the UFC fighter’s bus where Khabib was also onboard, in apparent retaliation for Russian’s hotel altercation with Mcgregor’s training partner Artem Lobov few days before the event.
Considering those factors in mind, if both fighters anywhere near each other could cause big chaos, but White promises that he’ll keep things under control.
“We’re pretty confident that we can control what happens,” White said. “What happened in New York, obviously if you look at what happened, everyone was loading onto the buses, everything was done, and our staff still handled it pretty damn well for what was going down.
“We’re very aware. Nothing is going to happen. We’ll be good.”
We still have two good months before Mcgregor vs. Nurmagomedov throws down inside the Octagon, you may see numerous social media feuds, staredowns and other promotional press conferences all that count to promote this fight.