“Mystic Mac” is back at UFC 229 because former two division UFC champion #1 Conor McGregor challenges Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Title. The fight was announced during the UFC press conference today in Los Angeles, California.
Nurmagomedov (26-0-0) is going to be making the first defense of his championship, which was won with a unanimous decision win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Nurmagomedov has already picked up ten victories under the UFC banner, with six of them coming by way of decision. Nurmagomedov has seen his last two bouts go the distance and it has been almost two years since the fighter got a finish.
McGregor (21-3-0) is back in action for the first time in almost two years, as his last bout was when the Irishman won the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 205. McGregor is also a former UFC Featherweight Champion, defeating Jose Aldo to claim the gold at UFC 194. McGregor is competing in his seventh straight main event bout in the UFC, holding a 5-1-0 record in the previous six fights.
UFC 229 takes place on Saturday, October 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.