Earlier today (Thurs., July 26, 2018), Conor McGregor escaped severe punishment by Brooklyn prosecutors as “Notorious” was sentenced to take anger management courses and do community service for his part in a violent bus attack a few months ago at a UFC 223 media day event (video).
With his legal issues behind him, Conor can now focus on making his long-waited return to the Octagon, which will most likely be against current UFC Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the man Conor was trying to get to during his rampage.
But according to Khabib’s management team, McGregor would have been much safer had he been sentenced to spend some time in jail as opposed to getting locked in a different kind of cage with “The Eagle.”
“There’s no more talking. This is the Khabib show now,” Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said in a statement issued to FloCombat Thursday. “To be honest the way I feel about it, Conor would be much safer in jail,” he said.
Ali went on to poke fun at Conor’s punishment — or thereof — by saying it will be Khabib who will be doing the community a service once he gets his hand on “Notorious.”
”If this fight happens, the person who would execute the community service is Khabib by giving this ass whooping for the people.”
As far as a potential landing spot for the fight, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that the promotion is looking to stage the fight in early October. But before then, everything has to be up to par for both side.
Oct. 6 in Las Vegas is the date they want for Conor-Khabib. But they need to get a deal done first.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 26, 2018
Khabib won the 155-pound title at UFC 223 be defeating Al Iaquinta, essential forcing the promotion to strip Conor of his title as division champion; the second time UFC has done so to the fiery Irishman.
As for McGregor, he hasn’t competed in an MMA fight since defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November of 2016. While the two sides are keen on facing one another, as if history has shown us anything is that trying to lock down a financial deal with Conor can prove to be a highly-tedious task.