Dana White Says UFC Wouldn’t Punish Conor Mcgregor For Bus Rampage
Yesterday UFC arguably breaks the big announcement the sports has received in years, that former champion Conor McGregor will face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight championship on October 6 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Both UFC stars weren’t present onstage at UFC 25th anniversary news conference in Los Angeles when UFC President Dana White announced the blockbuster fight of the year between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.
The rivalry between two fighters turned into the bad blood when Khabib had hotel altercation with Mcgregor’s training partner Artem Lobov. To that Mcgregor retaliate, threw a metal dolly at UFC fighters bus at UFC 223 media day, where Russian was also onboard and left two fellow fighters injured. He was handed felony charges in record time, and most recently he accepted the plea deal to avoid the jail time. Now both stars will finally be settled in the Octagon on October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Before reaching a plea deal UFC president, Dana White said, Mcgregor would receive additional discipline from the Promotion once the legal process played out. The court case already resolved, and Irishman is now a free man, White’s answer was clear on being asked if McGregor would face further repercussions. (Via MMAMania)
“I’ve been telling you guys for ever that we had to wait until Conor’s stuff was handled in New York,” UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports. “It got done. Obviously it was very favorable for Conor.”
“Conor wanted this fight,” White continued. “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.’”
Many were wondering after his antics at UFC 223 media, that UFC should suspend or punish Mcgregor, to that White defend situation.
“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.”
It’s nice to be the UFC’s pay-per-view king, isn’t it?”
Many fighters on UFC roaster either got a suspension or held upside down for compensation. But Mcgregor got another free pass from UFC.
With PPV numbers drastically downward with big UFC stars on sidelines and Russian needing a massive showdown to surge his combat superstardom, so in that case, everyone wanted McGregor to return to Octagon as quickly as possible.
Don’t worry if UFC gave Mcgregor the green light to return to Octagon, Khabib is capable of teaching Irishman a lesson when the fight begins.