Khabib Has Some Advice For McGregor, If He Attends UFC 242
Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC lightweight title against Dustin Poirier, the interim champion, at UFC 242. The September 7th card goes down in Abu Dhabi. It will be the first time that Nurmagomedov has fought in the UFC, in a Muslim country.
Last week, UFC president Dana White told ESPN that Conor McGregor is planning to attend UFC 242. And should the former UFC two division champion turn up in Abu Dhabi, Khabib has some advice for him. As the Dagestani said this week on Russia’s Rossiya-24 television channel (as transcribed by Tass).
“It will be more difficult to leave Abu Dhabi than New York. If he plans to come, he should sit and watch the fights because it will be impossible to pull any of his underhanded tricks there.
“Abu Dhabi is no place for show-offs. Let him come if he plans to come, but his shenanigans won’t work there.”
Following the infamous bus attack at UFC 223 in April of last year, in which McGregor and several teammates attacked the bus that Khabib and several other UFC fighters were on, the two fought last October at UFC 229.
After Khabib submitted McGregor in the fourth round, Khabib jumped the cage and attacked the Irish man’s friend and teammate, Dillon Danis. A brawl then broke out, which saw Khabib suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), McGregor for six months and Khabib’s teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, for one year. Although after a recent NSAC hearing in Las Vegas, Abubakar and Zubaira had their suspensions reduced by 35 days, allowing both to be illegible to compete at UFC 242.
Do you think Conor McGregor is capable of attending UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, to watch Khabib Nurmagomedov fight in the main event, and not get in trouble?