CONOR MCGREGOR will come face-to-face with Khabib Nurmagomedov before their eagerly-anticipated grudge match.
‘The Notorious’ will challenge the undefeated Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 229, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 6.
Many were expecting a whirlwind world tour to quickly ensue after the announcement of the bout, which has been dubbed ‘the biggest in UFC history.’
However, the UFC brass opted against holding a press tour, instead opting to have a sole press conference for the pair’s grudge match.
The promotion last night announced that McGregor and Nurmagomedov will come face-to-face with one another at a press and fan event a few weeks before their showdown.
A date for their scheduled encounter wasn’t revealed, though it’s expected to take place in Las Vegas in September.
The presser will be McGregor and Nurmagomedov’s first encounter since the infamous UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn.
As has been well documented, McGregor stormed the event at the Barclays Center looking for Nurmagomedov and threw a dolly through the window of a bus carrying his successor at the summit of the lightweight division and a slew of his fellow fighters.
Tensions will no doubt be high when the duo face off, but UFC president Dana White isn’t concerned about any blows being thrown.
“No, I think that Conor came out and did what he did and didn’t expect the results that happened,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “I’m pretty sure he’s on probation right now in New York.
“I think that we’re not going to have any problems with these guys. We’re going to have a great fight.”
He added: “I’m pretty confident that we can control what happened.
“What happened in New York; if you look at when that happened, everybody was loading on to the busses and everything was done.
“And our staff handled it pretty damn well for what was going on and what went on.
“And obviously, now we’re very aware and very for that. Nothing’s going to happen – we’ll be good.”
McGregor, 30, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since claiming the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205, where he TKO’d Eddie Alvarez to become the promotion’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion.
Nurmagomedov – meanwhile – last fought in April at UFC 223, where he defeated Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision to succeed McGregor at the summit of the 155lbs division.