"For the fight with McGregor Khabib Nurmagomedov will receive a record sum for a Russian fighter competing in mixed martial arts", he said. McGregor and Nurmagomedov will collide on October 6 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The well-known McGregor rival is lined up to face lightweight Dustin Poirer in a fight that will likely determine the next challenger for the victor of McGregor's bout.
Meanwhile the Notorious has already been added back into the Lightweight rankings as the number 1 contender, with Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier making up the rest of the top three.
At 26-0, Russia's Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever.
McGregor has posted several photos on social media this week hyping his physical fitness in advance of the announcement, which neither fighter attended.
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Since then, McGregor's return to the UFC has been teased but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. They're bad mouthing me, saying I turned down fights.
McGregor (21-3) simultaneously held the featherweight and lightweight championship belts during his meteoric UFC career, but he hasn't fought in MMA since taking the 155-pound lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. But once the event wrapped, White presented a video package that announced the return of the UFC's biggest star.
McGregor's return to UFC after his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and meltdown in New York City was always going to bring drama, but Friday might have somehow surpassed expectations.
Diaz didn't seem happy about the surprise announcement of McGregor's next bout.