Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Why McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov is the ideal fight

Why McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov is the ideal fight

The "Notorious" has not fought in the UFC since November 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title and became the first fighter to hold two titles simultaneously.

Around this time a year ago, McGregor was in Los Angeles alongside Floyd Mayweather at a massive press event.

McGregor, a two-weight world champion, is aiming to win back his old UFC Lightweight title which he was stripped of after failing to defend the strap.

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His sheer physical prowess coupled with his intimidating figure is tailor-made for the physicality of the Premier League . Rojo joined United in 2014 following the World Cup and has made a total of 107 appearances with the Red Devils.

The incident resulted in two felonies filed against McGregor, who ultimately pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct count last month that kept him out of jail.

White, who's experienced frustrating talks with Diaz and his brother, Nick, for more than a decade, said, "Stylistically, it's an incredible fight".

Get breaking news alerts. UFC president Dana White kept the fight announcement a surprise until the end of the presser. They're bad mouthing me, saying I turned down fights. The decision to strip McGregor (21-3) of his crown did not go down well and ill-feeling between the fighters escalated in the week leading up to Nurmagomedov becoming champion.

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At 26-0, Russia's Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever.

The UFC fighter is as famous for his concussive striking power as he is for his memorable microphone skills, his flambouyant dress sense, and his taste for a night on the town. The lightweight title bout will headline UFC 229.

Negotiations for this bout dragged on for many weeks while McGregor argued a highly lucrative deal, even demanding an ownership stake in the UFC in exchange for returning to the cage, and Nurmagomedov also asked for a hefty raise.

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United now have Eric Bailly , Victor Lindelof , Chris Smalling , Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo at their disposal. And ahead of Thursday's 5pm Premier League transfer deadline, a breakthrough appears to have been made.

Oddly, Diaz later tweeted that he actually won't be fighting as part of the card.

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