One of the most expected fights in 2021 was approved. Ex-time UFC Absolute Fighting Champion Dustin Pornier still agreed with the fee for revenge with star Conor McGregor. Immediately after the news of a loud fight manager Habiba Nurmagomedova Ali Abdel-Aziz unambiguously hinted at the return of his client to the octagon. TOP NEWS tells about new intrigues in the light division. The day before ESPN journalist Ariel Helvani saddened MMA fans with unpleasant news.
According to a well-known insider, the revenge between the former UFC champion in two divisions Conor McGregor and former time zone owner Dustin Portier may not have taken place. But it wasn’t Sadly Known who was preparing to give up a bright duel, but his rival from the United States.
Despite the fact that Pornier was looking forward to getting even with the Irishman (in the first confrontation, which took place on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178, Pornier lost to McGregor by technical knockout in the debut of the fight – “Gazeta.Ru”), the stumbling block was the financial issue.
“Sources report that the fight between Conor and Pornier is not approved. Accordingly, neither has the contract been signed. But the problem is not McGregor… He really wants to resume his career. The reason is the same, which did not allow the fight between Portier and Ferguson on October 24 at UFC 254. Probably, Dustin is trying to make a better deal, negotiations are at an impasse. This is a fighter business. UFC said they could replace Portier with Justin Getzhi if McGregor agreed,” Helwani shared details of the negotiations.
Fortunately for fans, if there were any disagreements between UFC management and Dustin, they were resolved. In one evening with the loud insides of the fight McGregor – Portier II was officially confirmed.
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“If everything goes according to plan, the fight McGregor – Porte will be held on the “Fight Island”. However, right now there is a mass of “if”. We need to see what the world will be like in the next couple of months”, – ESPN quotes UFC president Dana White.
Initially, McGregor offered Portia to fight in Dublin on December 12 without the participation of UFC, and all proceeds to give to charity. However, then the athletes were reminded of their contractual obligations to the organization. As a result on October 8 the Irishman published the long-awaited tweet:
“Hello, Dustin! I accepted the offer of UFC to fight with you but told them that the fight should take place in 2020. Given recent injuries, I’m ready to fight on November 21, or in December: the 12th or 19th. At the same time, I will still donate $500,000 to the Good Fight Foundation.
Pornier reacted with lightning speed:
“Let’s do it! Good guy, we will spend a donation to open a boxing academy and MMA on the outskirts of Lafayette (Louisiana, USA), where we grew up with Daniel Cormier (former UFC champion in two divisions), so that the children could study and get good grades.
One way or another, despite the agreement of the fighters to fight in late 2020, the date of the meeting was moved to January. And the official confirmation of the fight fans had to wait for a month. And during this time, the layout of the light division has changed.
On October 24 Habib Nurmagomedov didn’t leave chances to Justin Getzhi and having won 29th victory at a professional level, he finished his career. The death of father and desire to spend more time with his mother became decisive factors in Habib’s thoughts about his sports future. 29-0. Dramatic completion of great history.
After the departure of a Russian and the end of total dominance of a perfect wrestler, lightweight revived. Getgy, Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler… McGregor and Portier were also among the gold seekers. Now it is clear that the belt will not be at stake in this confrontation. It is also clear that thanks to the January completion of the Dialogue, the chances of the Habiba kambak and the second epochal meeting of the Eagle with the scandalous Irishman have increased dramatically.
Can you not believe in Habib’s return to the octagon? Yes, the speech of the Russian on October 24 at “Fighting island” was too heartfelt. It’s not only that Nurmagomedov hasn’t released his belt yet, but also Ali Abdel-Aziz, the manager of the undefeated UFC champion, laid out the post directly hinting at the 30th fight of the Eagle and the ideal record for retirement.
How not to remember the words of White, who initially left hope for the return of one of his main assets in the cell.
“He is a champion, and we will give him time to understand what he wants. I have a good feeling he’ll come back. Habib said he’ll discuss it with his mom,” the head of the organization said at a press conference after UFC Fight Night 181.
Fans, like journalists, have to wait until January 23. It’s unlikely that revenge with Porjeu will force Nurmagomedov to return to intensified training. But the new round of rivalry with MacGregor is a completely different incentive.
“If he beats Porieux in a lightweight, the revenge will make sense. But if they fight in welterweight, how can they fight in 170 pounds, and the next fight to be held in 155 pounds? If you want to go the easy way, you will never deserve another title fight. If McGregor fights in 170 pounds – goodbye,” – such rules established the new first number of the rating regardless of weight categories.
And Macgregor is very close to fulfilling Habib’s condition.