Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently stated that he’d have no problem if Conor McGregor crashed UFC 242 on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi to see Lightweight king, Khabib Nurmagomedov, take on No. 1 contender, Dustin Poirier.
For his part, Khabib won’t mind either, but warns “Notorious” that the shenanigans he is used to pulling won’t fly in Abu Dhabi.
“It will be more difficult to leave Abu Dhabi than New York,” Nurmagomedov said on Russia’s Rossiya-24 television channel (via TASS). “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.”
Indeed, Conor took it upon himself to crash UFC 223 a few years ago and proceeded to smash a bus full of fighters (see it here), causing injuries to many and the cancellation of key fights for the pay-per-view (PPV) event.
And let’s not forget, he jumped the cage during a Bellator MMA event to congratulate one of his friends after a victory, only to get into a small tussle with referee Marc Goddard.
“Abu Dhabi is no place for show-offs. Let him come if he plans to come, but his shenanigans won’t work there,” added “The Eagle.”
To be fair, Khabib is also known for losing his cool, as he jumped over the cage to attack Dillon Danis after he choked out McGregor at UFC 229, causing a near-riot. And how can we forgot the infamous casino brawl with the Diaz brothers?
Nevertheless, it’s highly-unlikely that McGregor actually takes the time to travel so far just to see his enemy perform in hopes of scoring a rematch. After all, Tony Ferguson has pretty much punched his ticket as the next title contender.