Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken directly to Conor McGregor after UFC president Dana White openly wondered whether he would show up to UFC 242 in September.
UFC 242 will be headlined by the lightweight title clash between Nurmagomedov and contender Dustin Poirier and will stand as the first UFC event to have taken place in Abu Dhabi in years and overall, a truly special moment for Khabib – who has a massive following in the general area.
Of course, there has been speculation over Khabib’s rival Conor McGregor gatecrashing the event – given the pair’s history and the volatile finish to their UFC 229 showdown last October.
Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN, the UFC president spoke about Conor’s potential involvement in the eagerly anticipated event.
“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. I honestly believe in that region they like Conor McGregor, too. I know they take things a little serious when stuff is said. But Khabib won the fight, and I think it’s all just trash talk.
“Obviously (with) Khabib and Conor there’s no love loss. Those guys do not like each other, but it’s part of the business. Culturally, I don’t think so. I would have no problem with Conor showing up to it.”
“He could. He could possibly. He hasn’t said, I’m saying he could probably show up to that fight. I don’t know if he will. He hasn’t said anything to me.”
Now, Khabib himself spoke to Rossiya-24 and warned the Irishman off any antics on the night – citing the differences between New York – the site of the famed UFC 223 bus attack – and Abu Dhabi as a reason why McGregor should think twice before doing anything brash.
“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.”