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UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor
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The poster for UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
Venue T-Mobile Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Event chronology

UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on October 6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area.[1]

Background[edit]

Nurmagomedov (left) has an undefeated record of 26–0, while McGregor (right) was the first fighter to win titles in two divisions simultaneously. This fight has been dubbed "the biggest in UFC history" by organization president Dana White.[2]

The event is expected to be headlined by a UFC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor.[3] McGregor captured the lightweight title at UFC 205, when he was the reigning featherweight champion.[4] The Irishman never defended the title, as he took some time off in 2017 due to the birth of his first son and later venturing himself in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (in which he lost).[5][6] The UFC originally planned an interim title bout between Nurmagomedov and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner Tony Ferguson, but it was canceled due to the Russian having medical issues related to his weight cut on weigh-in day.[7] Ferguson eventually won the interim title at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee.[8] Ferguson was then expected to meet Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, with the winner being crowned the undisputed champion (as McGregor would be stripped of the title as soon as the bout took place). In turn, it was scrapped once again (fourth time) as Ferguson got injured, and after several possibilities for an opponent, Nurmagomedov eventually won the vacant title against Al Iaquinta.[9][10] That card was also marked by an attack on a bus containing several fighters scheduled to compete at the event (including Nurmagomedov and two teammates), performed by McGregor and his crew.[11]

Jussier Formiga was previously scheduled to face Sergio Pettis in January 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn. However, Formiga pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.[12] The pairing was rescheduled for this event.[13]

Fight card[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor [a]
Lightweight Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
Women's Strawweight Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Bantamweight Sean O'Malley vs. José Alberto Quiñónez
Flyweight Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
Women's Bantamweight Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women's Bantamweight Lina Länsberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Lightweight Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick
Lightweight Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
Welterweight Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (2018-07-08). "UFC announces rest of 2018 schedule from September through end of year". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  2. ^ Staff (2018-08-04). "Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov the biggest fight in UFC history - White". bbc.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  3. ^ Staff (2018-08-03). "Khabib vs McGregor set for October 6". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  4. ^ Todd Martin (2016-11-13). "UFC 205: Conor McGregor claims lightweight title with knockout of Eddie Alvarez". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  5. ^ Matt Connolly (2016-11-13). "Conor McGregor's UFC 205 announcements: time off for newborn, UFC ownership demand and an 'apology'". forbes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  6. ^ Michael Emons (2017-08-26). "Mayweather beats McGregor - as it happened". bbc.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  7. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-03-03). "UFC releases statement on Khabib Nurmagomedov". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  8. ^ Matt Erickson (2017-10-08). "UFC 216 results: Tony Ferguson taps resilient Kevin Lee in 3rd to win interim lightweight title". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  9. ^ Marc Raimondi (2018-04-01). "Tony Ferguson out of UFC 223, Max Holloway to step in and face Khabib Nurmagomedov for lightweight title". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  10. ^ Matt Erickson (2018-04-08). "UFC 223 results: Khabib Nurmagomedov dominates Al Iaquinta to become new lightweight champ". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  11. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2018-04-05). "Conor McGregor, crew cause chaotic scene after UFC 223 media day". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05. 
  12. ^ Staff (2016-12-29). "John Moraga in for Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night 103". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  13. ^ Staff (2018-08-02). "Jussier Formiga faces Sergio Pettis at UFC 229 in Las Vegas". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02.  (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ "UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-08-13.