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Conor McGregor is making his first return to the UFC since UFC 229, but some effects of that day still remain.
Conor McGregor is just days away from his UFC return in Las Vegas at UFC 246. The last time McGregor set foot in the Octagon was against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. That event also took place at T-Mobile Arena, the same scene that will be set for the upcoming UFC 246. In the lead up to his return, a year and a half later, there are some concerns and consequences that are lingering from the UFC 229 melee that took place following the main event.
The brawl that ensued following McGregor’s loss to Nurmagomedov resulted in fines and suspensions for both fighters and some members of their teams. All fighters involved have served their respective suspensions, but there is a matter of the fines that are now hindering a certain aspect of UFC 246. Dillon Danis, a friend and training partner of McGregor, who was also involved in the altercation following UFC 229, is barred from cornering McGregor because of his unpaid fines.
According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Danis owes the Nevada State Athletic Commission $7,500 which if not paid will keep him from being licensed as a corner person. It was stated by Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com that McGregor has not yet paid his fine of $50,000 from that incident either.
This week McGregor spoke with Ariel Helwani. During the interview, McGregor spoke a bit about his mindset leading up to the fight with Nurmagomedov and the change that has come from that.
“It did get very, very personal,” McGregor said. “But I’m taking a back-step from that, and I’m focusing on the skills. It’s a very skillful bout. I was drinking all bleeding fight week the last time.”
McGregor admitted that he has not had a drink in a couple of months.
“I’m not going back there. I mean, I’m in a great spot now, and that’s it,” McGregor explained. “I’ve made mistakes. And, you know, I’ve been man enough to admit them and correct them. And that’s what I’ve done.”
There is no doubt that things have changed since the last time MMA fans saw McGregor, one thing in particular in the two sexual assault accusations against him which he has been vague about addressing. Only time will tell if all of these factors stemming from UFC 229 will affect his performance against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who will be on-site for the whole week, for all your live results and highlights.