UFC Promo For Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Sends Bad Message

UFC's promo for McGregor/Nurmagomedov, which included footage from McGregor's criminal outburst, sends a bad message, Dave Meltzer says

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October 30, 2018 - 9:30 am
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Conor McGregor is returning to the octagon, and it’s promising to be one of the most highly anticipated fights in the sport’s history.

Following an almost two-year absence from MMA competition, McGregor (21-3) will face undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. McGregor hasn't fought in UFC since November 2016, when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the first fighter to ever hold two belts at the same time (featherweight and lightweight). 

While McGregor is widely celebrated for his various fighting exploits inside of MMA circles, the focus in recent months has been on his misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, which he received earlier this year after violently crashing into a UFC media day event and throwing chairs, rails, and a hand dolly into a bus containing other fighters – Nurmagomedov being one of them.

Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com stopped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the fight. When asked about the event’s controversial promo, which used some of the leaked footage from the criminal incident as a form of advertisement, Meltzer admitted that he didn't like the message that the UFC was sending, even though it might help with ticket sales.

“It’s in bad taste because people legitimately got hurt,” Meltzer said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They think it’s going to help see tickets, but I can’t argue with (the idea that it’s unethical) because it also sends such a terrible message. If anything, they should be running from that and saying that in spite of all this — because everyone wants to see the fight, they’re going to make the fight, but don’t highlight the criminal activity. In many ways, this should’ve cost them the fight because let’s face it — if it was anyone but Conor McGregor that did that, they would never be in the UFC again.”

On another note, Meltzer gave his quick take for the bout, which is predicted to reach a record-breaking two million pay-per-view sales (according to UFC President Dana White). In his preview, Meltzer stated that both fighters will have their hands full in this one. Depending on a multitude of factors, this fight can go either way for McGregor, as Nurmagomedov will show no mercy.

“They both got their hands full,” Meltzer said. “This is a fight where each guy has a point of great superiority over the other. In a straight standup fight, McGregor is going to beat him because Nurmagomedov’s punch defense isn’t that good, and McGregor is a really great striker. On the ground, Nurmagomedov is a killer — more than anyone I have ever seen in the history of the UFC. If he gets you down, he mauls you. You feel pity for the guys fighting him. That’s how bad he mauls people. He’s got to be the most uncomfortable guy to fight because he doesn’t knock you out; he just beats you up forever. When underneath him, you’re just going to be beaten like having a 25-minute nightmare that’s not going to end. Ultimately, fighting him is like a form of torture.”