MMA news outlets lit up the cyber skyline with headlines of the UFC allowing a limited number of fans in attendance upon their return to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It was also reported that the tickets for UFC 257: McGregor vs. Poirier 2 were scooped up in a matter of moments. An important detail grossly ignored by the media: a single person purchased them all and who that individual is.
Fans eagerly await the loaded week of action like a three scoop sundae when the UFC travels back to “Fight Island.” The cherry atop the thirty-four scheduled bouts is a salivation inducing rematch featuring Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier. Apparently, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired following his latest title defense yet still holds the belt, is so interested in the outcome between these two former foes that he decided to fill as many of the seats as possible with his entire band of bearded and misshapen headed brothers:
On previous occasions, Dana White, the UFC’s head honcho, espoused his gut feeling that Khabib would defend his belt again, chasing an unprecedented 30-0 record; however, Khabib has remained firm about his retirement from pulverizing anyone in the lightweight division with promise. Recently, White stated he and Khabib planned to have a meeting at some point in Abu Dhabi; fans and pundits alike continue their speculation as to whether or not Khabib will step foot inside the cage again.
Maybe the reigning king of 155-pounds truly will continue the pursuit of excellence his father set for him and further cement his legacy with one more victory? Maybe the bath house couldn’t accept any appoints on the day of UFC 257, so Khabib and his crew had to find something else to do? Maybe Khabib just wants to poke at McGregor’s psyche for all the verbal abuse he was forced to endure leading into their matchup at UFC 229?
Though there are more questions than answers at this point, it’s certain the MMA world, along with those in attendance, will be zeroed in on each of the trio events beginning on January 16, 2021.