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Conor McGregor to discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC bout

Conor McGregor may be nearing a return to the octagon, with the Irishman set to hold talks with UFC president Dana White about a fight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

other sports Updated: May 28, 2018 16:25 IST
Conor McGregor,Khabib Nurmagomedov,UFC
Conor McGregor was charged with assault and criminal mischief by New York police on April 6, 2018 after allegedly attacking a shuttle bus loaded with fellow MMA fighters attending a media event at the Barclays Center stadium. However, the former two-weight champion’s return to the Octagon seems to be imminent, this time for a lightweight bout vs Khabib Nurmagomedov. (AFP)

UFC president Dana White is to meet with Conor McGregor in Las Vegas to discuss a potential bout between the Irishman and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

White had originally planned to speak with the big-talking McGregor in Liverpool at the weekend following a UFC Fight Night event.

However, the two are now scheduled to get together in White’s hometown, raising the possibility of a mouth-watering showdown that would end McGregor’s hiatus from UFC.

Addressing the media, White said: “Conor and I are going to meet in Las Vegas.

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“I’m pretty confident [a lightweight title fight] is a fight that Conor wants, and I’m pretty confident that is a fight Khabib wants.

“So yeah, I could see that happening.”

McGregor’s has not fought in an octagon since beating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, though he switched to boxing last year to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in a lucrative bout.

A two-weight world champion in UFC, McGregor is due back in court on June 14 after being charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief in relation to an alleged attack on a bus carrying rival fighters ahead of a media event for UFC 223 in Brooklyn last month.

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Nurmagomedov took to Instagram to post a picture of himself with White, along with a caption that included the line: “When you see him, tell him: Conor the game has changed, now you have to play like a grown-up man.”

First Published: May 28, 2018 14:12 IST