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Conor McGregor has signed a mega six-fight deal with the UFC.
The new contract includes his upcoming fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and will make McGregor the highest-paid star in the history of the UFC.
The Dubliner’s new deal also sees his newly launched whiskey ‘Proper Twelve’ become a sponsor for all six fights.
“It’s not hard to do a deal with Conor McGregor because we know what he’s worth,” Dana White told ESPN.
The hotly-anticipated fight a the T-Mobile Arena has sold out, and White projects that October’s fight will break the current UFC pay-per-view record.
‘The Notorious’ hasn’t fought in the octagon since beating Eddie Alvarez by TKO in 2016, but faces Khabib for the world lightweight title on October 6th in Las Vegas. The Russian is unbeaten in the UFC, and won the lightweight belt when he defeated Al Iaquinta in April.
Two months later, McGregor was sentenced to five days of community service in the United States after causing damage to a bus on which Nurmagomedov was a passenger.
An estimated 500,000 people watched last night’s UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Hall in Midtown Manhattanan, which fans were not permitted to attend.
McGregor was typically vocal and extravagant in front of the cameras, and took the opportunity to present his new whiskey, which he even offered to Khabib at one point.
The fighters traded insults back and forth, with Khabib describing himself as “the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA”. The 30-year-old Russian also accused McGregor of quitting when he gets tired, and of tapping out “like a chicken”.
McGregor teased his opponent over the now infamous bus incident in New York, and claimed the lightweight champion would be “in a box” if he had stepped off the bus.
“Did you not see me outside the bus?” he asked.
“I showed you my hands – no weapons.
“To let him know I came unarmed. Step off the bus. You talked the big game, now I’m here.
“He done nothing. He sat and hid and cowered behind women and caused what happened to happen.
“I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that that man had not got the balls to step foot off that bus, or that the bus door did not open, because if that bus door had opened, this man would be dead right now.
“He would be in a box and I would be in a cell and we would not have this great fight ahead of us.”
White also confirmed at the press conference that Jon Jones will not feature in the UFC 230 main event.
— UFC (@ufc) September 20, 2018