McGregor in court following the bus incident.

Dana White hits back at claims of Conor McGregor bus incident being staged

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In April of this year, Conor McGregor took the interesting decision to fly to New York and attack Khabib's team bus following Nurmagomedov's involvement in intimidating Notorious' teammate Artum Lobov. 

Following this, and UFC 229, Khabib has started to ask questions about the legitimacy of this incident and whether the UFC had something to do with it. 

"On that day, the UFC told me that on that media day I had to arrive alone.

"So I was traveling with all the other fighters who would fight from the red corner. I was in the red corner as well as a favourite. With me there was only one person (from my team) and my manager.

“And if you watch the footage, you can see that the bus almost gets to the gate, and then suddenly it stops and pull back. Why?

"If you see that some people are attacking the bus, then you should keep moving and get outside (from the parking lot). But then you stop and pull back. Why?

"For me there are a lot of questions. I don’t know whether the UFC made it all on purpose or not."

He added: "Inside (the bus) we had three security guards. And as you can see (in the video), there were security guards outside as well, trying to stop Conor. In my opinion, I give 70% (chance) that it was a set-up."

Nonetheless, UFC president Dana White has stepped forward to deny any wrongdoing by the UFC.

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“Anybody who thinks this is staged, it is the dumbest (explicit) thing I have ever heard," he told USA Today Sports.

“How did we stage this? How could we possibly have (explicit) staged this?"

Dana White demonstrated his frustration during the press conference, but then went onto defend the Notorious. 

“(McGregor) loaded a G650 plane full of goons and flew over here to do what he did.


“That’s the way he is built. You attack my friend, we attack you. That’s some Dublin street (explicit) right there, that’s what that is.

“For guys who didn’t grow up that way, you can’t wrap your head around that. But for a guy like Conor, where he comes from, that’s how you retaliate.”

For the first time in years, it appears we have a pair of fighters who have a genuine hatred for each other and are willing to settle their business both inside and outside of the ring. 

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