Experts are already anticipating Conor Mcgregor will return to Octagon within a year.
Former UFC star Dan Hardy believes former two-division champion Conor McGregor’s dolly throwing melee will end up costing him, that lead to Michael Chiesa and Ray borg suffering injuries and removed from respective bouts.
Mcgregor surprisingly gained access to the media event along with members of his entourage and ultimately attacked a bus transporting fighters from UFC 223; the whole attempt was to target lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in retaliation for his altercation with his SGB training partner Artem Lobov.
UFC president Dana white canceled Artem Lobov’s scheduled featherweight fight against Alex Caceres for his participation in the attack.
Khabib went to take on Al Iaquinta and scores the 155lbs belt while McGregor and SBG training partner Cian Cowley turned themselves into Brooklyn police and now due back to return to court on June 14. However, he was released on Bail of $50,000.
Hardy who commentates on the sport, told The BBC MMA Show that UFC might put the burden of three fights scratched from UFC 223 on Mcgregor’s plate:(Quote Via Sportsjoe)
“You can guarantee that the purses that need to be paid and the money that needs to be made up is coming out of Conor McGregor’s pocket, because the UFC will take him to court for that. It’s his fault those fights didn’t go ahead.
“I think we’ll get to see him fight in the next six to 12 months but I the financial implications of this escapades will be much bigger.”
MMA writer Nick Peet was also present at recent episode of The BBC MMA Show, where he said McGregor’s comeback fight would most likely be against the newly crowned lightweight champion, Khabib.
“I don’t know if anyone saw it but Khabib arriving back into Dagestan with the belt was insane. It was kind of like The Beatles coming back to Liverpool in the 1960s. It was unreal.
“UFC Russia has got to happen in the next six months and there is absolutely no bigger fight – it would sell out that Olympic Stadium that they’ve got over there – than Khabib versus McGregor. I think it would be huge. And, you know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if McGregor wins.
“They’ve got a perfect narrative now. McGregor has attacked the bus that Khabib was on. The story is all there and it’s just about how it plays out. That’s the fight they need to make next.”
If this potential bout comes to fruition, then Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow has a sell-out capacity of 81,000 and any contest that headlined by Khabib, especially with McGregor’s involvement, would definitely have a chance of breaking all UFC records.
During the UFC 223 press conference, UFC president Dana White admitted UFC will stage an event in Russia before the end of 2018:
“We haven’t announced anything yet, but Khabib did! But we are coming. We will come to Russia this year. Definitely.”
How many of you want to see a highly anticipated bout between Khabib and Conor next?