Everything You Need To Know About UFC 229 As Conor McGregor Takes On Khabib Nurmagomedov
UFC 229 goes down next Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as Conor McGregor challenges Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title.
McGregor vs Nurmagomedov background
The two fighters have a long and storied history together but things really hit boiling point earlier this year during UFC 223 fight week.
The now infamous incident took place in Brooklyn, New York when McGregor attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and threw a dolly through a window in an attempt to get revenge on the Russian who earlier in the week had confronted his teammate Artem Lobov.
Thankfully, no one involved got seriously injured and with the court in New York deciding against giving the Irishman jail time, it was only a matter of time before the two were on a collision course inside the UFC Octagon.
With Nurmagomedov winning McGregor’s vacated UFC lightweight title at UFC 223 against Al Iaquinta, the two will now clash in a five-round main event fight at UFC 229 to settle their feud and determine the true kingpin at 155-pounds in the UFC.
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UFC 229 is expected to become the UFC ‘s second highest grossing event on the gate and apparently sold out in just three minutes according to the promotion.
Reports have since surfaced claiming that there are still VIP tickets available, but come fight night the T-Mobile Arena should be packed out with over 18,000 fans in attendance.
UFC 229 Times and Full Fight Card
UFC 229 MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view)
MAIN EVENT: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor — lightweight title fight
Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
UFC 229 PRELIMS (8 p.m. ET on FS1)
FEATURED PRELIM: Sean O’Malley vs. Jose Quinonez
Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner
Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
UFC 229 EARLY PRELIMS (6:15 p.m. ET on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Scott Hoffman vs. Alan Patrick
Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
Background on Conor McGregor:
Conor Anthony McGregor is a two-time UFC champion having held both the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles. He is currently ranked #2 in the UFC’s pound-for-pound ranking list on UFC.com
McGregor’s professional MMA career began in 2008 and he won both the Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight titles before vacating them an joining the UFC in 2013.
He then went on to defeat Marcus Brimage, Max Holloway, Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver before defeating Chad Mendes for the interim UFC featherweight title in July 2015.
McGregor then unified the titles in December 2015 when he defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 194, before then losing for the first time under the UFC banner to Nate Diaz at UFC 194 in March 2016.
The Irishman then exacted revenge over Diaz at UFC 202 before capturing his second UFC title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his debut boxing match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr via TKO in the tenth round.
Background on Khabib Nurmagomedov:
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov was born in September 20, 1988 in Sildi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.
Nurmagomedov is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and currently holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA, with 26 wins since turning professional in September 2013.
He became the first Russian and the first Muslim to win a UFC title at UFC 223 when he defeated Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision to win the vacant UFC lightweight title.
With wins over Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, Darrell Horcher, Rafael dos Anjos, Pat Healy, Abel Trujillo, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus already under his belt in the UFC, he is #8 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
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