Dustin Poirier calls Nate Diaz the second biggest name he could've fought

Conor Mc Gregor Khabib UFC

Former two-weight world champion McGregor has wanted to face Nurmagomedov for some time.

McGregor was arrested, but was sentenced last month to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal. Many are expecting big fight announcements including Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov.

"If it's a money fight, pay me the money", Nurmagomedov said.

The UFC dramatically announced the matchup on Friday with a promotional video to close a news conference promoting its slate of fight cards for the rest of 2018.

McGregor is unhappy at Nurmagomedov holding a title he believes is his and, having last fought in UFC in November 2016, "Notorious" says he is ready to return.

McGregor never defended either belt.




Those include a September 8 pay-per-view card in Dallas headlined by the Tyron Woodley-Darren Till welterweight title fight and a December 29 card in Las Vegas likely to feature a fight between women's champions Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, although negotiations continue. Also with Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier confirmed for UFC 230, it'll be interesting to see if either fighter is part of the presser.

Since then, McGregor's return to the UFC has been teased but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. He blamed an unspecified lawsuit as a reason he was gone from the UFC for so long.

"Hey, man. I told Colin I wouldn't ask you for tickets, and he absolutely lost it!" Diaz vented his frustration that White supported McGregor while the Irishman was going through a similar circumstance with Showtime and Mayweather, but that White didn't give him the same support in public and also claimed that Diaz was turning down fights.

Negotiations for the biggest fight in UFC history are now ongoing and a deal is expected to be reached in the coming days.

"This is a championship fight right here ..."

Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has said he would be happy to see his client take home $10 million for the bout, according to R-Sport.

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