McGregor returns for Nurmagomedov grudge match

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Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion whose United States Anti-Doping Agency suspension for two banned substances expires on November 10, heard about McGregor's interest and is open to fighting McGregor next.

His marketability is nearly unrivalled in the fight game - something further illustrated by his remarkable bout past year against undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather.

Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the UFC Octagon on October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Naturally, that Johnson win gave way to another year-plus layoff, but this time around, Nurmagomedov has looked to be in the best form of his career.

"He should have just stayed put", McGregor said.

Nurmagomedov had earlier been given a hostile reception from a largely pro-McGregor crowd and appeared to cut his session short in order to remonstrate with his foe's supporters.

The fighter from Dagestan was asked if he would be willing to shake hands with McGregor once the fight was done, and he was blunt in his response.

The former champion was later given five days community service and ordered to undergo treatment for anger management.

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Nurmagomedov took the stage at the Park Theater at exactly 3 p.m. for a scheduled news conference with McGregor and UFC president Dana White.

Nurmagomedov, for the most part, has been relatively quiet, despite being insulted by McGregor for everything from his heritage to his friendship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. "Trust me. I'm coming for that man's head from the bell".

"I think I'm going to turn him into a bobblehead if I'm honest", he told The Mac Life. While McGregor has shown a genius-level ability to fight against type, even with the right game plan, I'm not sure he can train his defensive wrestling hard enough to make up the difference against Nurmagomedov.

"He killed your people". Now you support (his grandson)?

Nothing would be sweeter for UFC than a McGregor victory Saturday night. "He knew what he was signing up for, I've been later than this". Previously he claimed it's trending two million on pay-per-view and now he upped his expectations to three million pay-per-view (PPV) sales. Nurmagomedov would still be able to end things as soon as he got the first takedown, but that version of "The Eagle" was slower and hittable, setting up things perfectly for McGregor. We didn't see much of action at first presser as it was only accessible to media and closed to the public. "Khabib's audience is eating it all up".

The fervour around the event, as well as the controversy, drama and, importantly, ticket and pay-per-view TV sales, have only served to underline the Irishman's position as the most marketable face in the sport.

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