McGregor and Nurmagomedov agreed to battle known date

Dwayne Harmon
August 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES Conor McGregor's two-year hiatus from the UFC will end October 6 when the electric Irishman will meet unbeaten Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight belt, UFC President Dana White announced today.

Before it was official that McGregor would fight Nurmagomedov in October at T-Mobile Arena, Diaz said he didn't view his fight with Poirier as a semifinal to set up a possible trilogy bout with the Irishman after they each won a fight in two 2016 battles.

McGregor, speaking with TMZ, revealed a deal for his comeback fight was near to completion nearly two years since his last appearance in the octagon.

McGregor and his entourage stormed the Barclays Center loading dock and the Irishman threw a dolly through the bus window in search of Nurmagomedov. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct in a fleeting court appearance, and was handed a punishment of five days' community service.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the key questions as the pair prepare for what has been billed as the "biggest fight in UFC history" by president Dana White.

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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov confirmed that his son would be preparing for the bout in the USA, and that Russian Federation "has the right to expect victory" from a man who is unbeaten in 26 fights in the UFC.

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier chats with Brett Okamoto about the decision of waiting on a potential title shot in favor of taking on Nate Diaz at UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden. "This is going to be one of the greatest fights you've ever seen".

Israel Adesanya didn't seem phased by Brunson's attempt of body shaming, and the up-and-comer has impressed UFC fans with his last three fights, which brought him victories over Rob Wilkinson, Marvin Vettori, and Brad Tavares.

Since then, McGregor's return to the UFC has been teased but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement.

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

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