Since Conor McGregor is one of the biggest names in sports, and due to the magnitude of a bout between him and Khabib Nurmagomedov, one would think finalizing the fight might have been tough. But, according to UFC President Dana White, that’s not the case.
On Friday, the UFC dropped jaws throughout MMA, by announcing that McGregor will challenge the lightweight champ, Nurmagomedov, October 6th, at UFC 229. Although McGregor recently said his return to the Octagon was nearly finalized, not long ago, Nurmagomedov said the UFC would need to pay up, in order to get the bout done.
Well, after the mega-fight was announced, Megan Olivi spoke with White. While discussing negotiations for the fight, he relayed the following (quotes via MMA Mania):
“Not difficult at all,” White said. “It’s what makes Conor McGregor the international superstar he is. It’s what makes Khabib a straight killer.”
“You have two of these guys, who are both straight killers, coming out of the gate and going straight after each other head-to-head in their prime. Incredible.”
“It’s a massive fight. I knew this was the fight to make. I believe this is the biggest fight in the history of the company other than the Mayweather fight. I think it’s going to be massive.”
Could it be that negotiations were a bit tougher than White is letting on? It’s certainly possible. But, it could also be that because almost everyone believes this fight is going to be massive, the UFC was more than willing to hand out some big time, financial guarantees to both McGregor and Nurmagomedov.
So, wile the bout getting signed isn’t that surprising, the fact it’s taking place on October 6th, so soon, is somewhat. That’s basically two months out, so both McGregor and Nurmagomedov will begin their camps soon.
For weeks, the consensus has been that Nurmagomedov – McGregor would either land at UFC 230, November 3rd in New York City, or, the UFC’s year-end card in Las Vegas.
UFC 229 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.