UFC 229 fight card -- McGregor vs. Khabib: Rumors, date, press conference, price, tickets
Following a two-year layoff from UFC, Conor McGregor is finally set to make his return to the Octagon. This Saturday night in las Vegas, the brash Irishman will return to competition as he challenges lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for the title that he was never even defeated for.
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These two are certainly no friends of one another, which of course is evidenced by the infamous Brooklyn bus attack that took place prior to UFC 223 -- the same event where Nurmagomedov was crowned champion. The time for all the talking and nonsense has come to a close, though, as these two incredible fighters are ready to do battle inside the T-Mobile Arena live on pay-per-view.
In the co-main event of the night, it appears that the UFC gave itself an insurance policy for the main event. Former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and former champion Anthony Pettis are officially on the card and could serve as replacements should either McGregor or Nurmagomedov suffer an injury. When the Ferguson vs. Pettis bout was added to the UFC 229 card, the heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov was bumped from the co-main event slot.
With an event of this magnitude, many are likely planning on heading to T-Mobile Arena to catch the action live. The UFC announced the ticket pricing for UFC 229, and ESPN's Ariel Helwani provided that information.
Oct. 6 is fast approaching, and below you can have a look at the UFC 229 fight card that has been set as we eagerly anticipate the showdown between Nurmagomedov and McGregor in Las Vegas.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor
UFC lightweight championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
|Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov||Heavyweight|
Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
Sean O'Malley vs. Jose Quinonez
Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
|Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz||Lightweight|
|Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick||Lightweight|
The Complete Timeline of the Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Feud
Conor McGregor is an expert at manufacturing rivalries. At the drop of a hat, the man can whip up a compelling grudge match unlike anything ever seen and transform a standard fight into a vicious bloodfeud.
That said, few have been able to keep step with McGregor for any length of time. Fighters like Dustin Poirier, Cole Miller and Eddie Alvarez have been compelling foils for the Irishman, but none were able to enjoy the spotlight for any serious length of time. Meanwhile, potential opponents like Donald Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos and Jeremy Stephens all made a splash at one point or another but were unable to take a real shot at the king.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, who faces McGregor at UFC 229 next month, is the sole fighter who has managed to stay in McGregor's orbit for years on end. Though it hasn't consistently made headlines, Nurmagomedov and McGregor have been going back and forth for years and have planted plenty of seeds ahead of their epic showdown.
But when did this happen? And what led to their paths finally intersecting? Read on and find out!
July 14, 2014—The First of Many
Nurmagomedov has been pegged as both championship material and a potential breakout star for the UFC for years now. He only recently began realizing that potential, though, because he struggled with almost constant injuriesfrom 2014 to 2016.
Shortly after being attached to a fight with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 178, he suffered aserious knee injury. The bout was then rescheduled for UFC 187, but once again, Nurmagomedov wasforced off the card. When he was booked to return opposite Tony Ferguson at the finale to The Ultimate Fighterseason 22? Well, it's easy to guess what happened.
Thankfully, he turned a corner in 2016 and began getting healthy and demonstrating an ability to remain active. Unfortunately, he'll never be able to recover all the time he lost during this stretch.
March 26, 2015—Mystic Mac Strikes Again
While it flew under the radar until recently, the McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov rivalry isn't a new thing. The first sign of this came back in 2015.
Ahead of his fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo, a fan asked McGregor about making a run for the lightweight title. When pressed about who he thought would eventually hold the title, McGregor briefly mulled it over before saying, "I think Khabib will get the lightweight belt."
McGregor almost certainly didn't see their showdown taking place under these circumstances, and it's open for debate over whether he was even serious. Still, this shows that Nurmagomedov has been on his radar for a long, long time now.
April 2, 2015—Khabib Returns the Favor
During his time on the shelf, Nurmagomedov maintained his spot in the news cycle by talking smack on an almost-constant basis. For the most part, this was standard fare directed at potential opponents like Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz. One of the most surprising and intriguing call-outs, however, was directed at McGregor.
Though McGregor was still a featherweight contender at the time, Nurmagomedov made it clear that he wanted a crack at the Irish striker, coining his "smash" catchphrase in the process.
The side-by-side of the Nurmagomedov during this time and the Nurmagomedov of today is an interesting one. Though the Eagle's brand in 2018 is that of a stoic killing machine focused solely on competitive greatness, it wasn't that long ago that he was spraying smack talk and looking to keep his name out there.
December 12, 2015—Conor McGregor Wins 145-Pound Title, Immediately Sets Eyes on 155 Pounds
A rib injury forced Jose Aldo out of his scheduled title defense opposite McGregor at UFC 189, but the fight would eventually go down at UFC 194. There, McGregor captured the belt from the long-reigning champ in the most shocking way possible; knocking him out in just 13 seconds.
Purely on its athletic merits, McGregor's win was a massive shakeup to the UFC. It got even more wild, though, when the immediate aftermath of the fight was dominated by discussion of McGregor moving up to the lightweight division.
Though it took months for plans to be made certain, the wheels were turning. McGregor, sooner or later, was going to be going for another belt and was on a collision course with whoever happened to be at the top when the time came.
December 27, 2015—Khabib Changes His Tune
Though Nurmagomedov bragged about how he would effortlessly take out McGregor a few months prior, he went in a much different direction when talks of McGregor moving to 155 pounds started heating up. Speaking on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, he stated that McGregor's focus shouldn't be on a second title but, instead, defending his strap from Frankie Edgar.
The full interview is an interesting one, and it marked the beginning of his shift from attention-seeking smack-talker to the meat-and-potatoes fighter he has become. Though one can practically hear Nurmagomedov's troublesome manager, Ali Abdelaziz, telling him what to say here, this is still a subtly important interview.
January 7, 2016—Conor's Move to 155 Pounds Confirmed
Less than a month after capturing his first UFC title, McGregor got the UFC on board for a move to lightweight. And not just "a move to lightweight," either, but a championship bout opposite then-reigning 155-pound king Rafel dos Anjos. The bout would never come to fruition, though.
After Dos Anjos was forced out of the contest due to a foot injury, he was replaced with Nate Diaz. This kicked off the feud that would dominate the MMA news cycle in 2016 and cement McGregor's place as the biggest draw in the history of the sport.
April 16, 2016—Khabib Finally Gets Back Into the Octagon
After three scrapped bouts, and nearly two full years out of action, Nurmagomedov returned to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 19. Initially scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson, he instead wound up facing a debuting Darrell Horcher. The late replacement was a shot to the gut for MMA fans who were looking forward to a high-level scrap, but in retrospect, it was good that Nurmagomedov got an opportunity to showcase his skills.
From start to finish, Nurmagomedov imposed his will on Horcher, taking him down with little difficulty and demonstrating more fearsome ground-and-pound than what he had shown prior. The fight ended in the second round via TKO, and it left Nurmagomedov looking like the beast that fans had long hoped he would be.
It wasn't the biggest win of Nurmagomedov's career, but it was one of the most important. Just like that, the Eagle was viewed as one of the elites of the lightweight division.
September 23, 2016—Khabib Gets Played
After seeing Frankie Edgar get soundly defeated by Aldo at UFC 200 and edging out Nate Diaz at UFC 202, the path between McGregor and a lightweight title fight was clear. The only hurdle was getting the UFC, McGregor and newly minted lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez to agree to terms.
That was easier said than done, though. While Alvarez vs. McGregor felt like the clear-cut, slam-dunk main event to the UFC's long-awaited return to New York, UFC 205, fans and pundits were left scratching their heads when Dana Whitetweeted to a fan that Alvarez was instead facing Nurmagomedov. As time went on, it had the look of a straightforward contract dispute—with Alvarez, in particular, looking for a larger cut of the proceeds—but the UFC upped the ante by roping Nurmagomedov into it, going so far as to send him multiple bout agreements in an effort to force Alvarez into line.
Ultimately, the Alvarez vs. McGregor fight came to pass, with Alvarez buckling to the UFC's pressure. Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, was left frustrated by the whole sequence of events. He lashed out for a short time, before quietly falling back in line himself.
November 11, 2016—McGregor and Nurmagomedov Have First Backstage Altercation
The consolation prize for Nurmagomedov missing out on a title shot was competing on the stacked UFC 205 card (albeit against Michael Johnson). Still, Nurmagomedov's eyes still seemed fixed on the prize of a money fight with McGregor. This was demonstrated well at the weigh-ins when McGregor and Nurmagomedov were caught in a shouting match backstage.
Unfortunately, the only trace of the back-and-forth is a nine-second clip that shows the two being led in different directions while yelling back and forth. No real details have surfaced about what sparked the incident or how it played out.
November 12, 2016—McGregor Wins Second Title, Sets Sights on Mayweather
After dominating the featherweight division and making the most of his welterweight layover, McGregor finally stepped into the cage as a lightweight at UFC 205. There he utterly toyed with Alvarez, battering him with punches and finishing the fight in the second round.
It was an amazing performance which led to the epic moment where McGregor lifted up the two titles but, unfortunately, it was a short-lived high. In the weeks following UFC 205, McGregor was stripped of the featherweight title and announced that he was taking time off from the sport. This sent the rumormill into overdrive as talk began to swirl that McGregor's dreams of boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. were going to become a reality.
March 3, 2017—Nurmagomedov Withdraws from Yet Another Fight
While Nurmagomedov had largely shaken his reputation for pulling out of fights due to injuries, that just meant he had the opportunity to find new reasons to pull out of fights. Once again set to face Tony Ferguson, Nurmagomedov withdrew from UFC 209 due to issues with his weight cut.
It was yet another massive setback for the Eagle, who once again was forced out of the cage for almost all of 2017.
August 26, 2017—Mayweather vs. McGregor
After a lengthy period of public back-and-forth between the different sides, the UFC, Showtime, Mayweather and McGregor came together to make the long-sought-after boxing match a reality. The bout happened on August 26, with McGregor losing via TKO in the 10th round of a fun (but not especially competitive) scrap.
Though the contest shook out well for everyone involved, the aftermath was defined by a prolonged contract dispute between McGregor and the UFC. This kept him out for most of 2018, though he managed to keep himself in the news with wild outbursts and new endorsement deals.
December 30, 2017—Nurmagomedov, Back in Action
Following his weight-cutting hiccup, Nurmagomedov returned to the Octagon at UFC 219. There, he faced Edson Barboza and picked up the best win of his MMA career to this point.
Though Barboza's takedown defense has long been established as his Achilles' heel, the Brazilian has improved steadily over the years and has enjoyed top-10 status since 2014. Despite this, Nurmagomedov had little difficulty at any point during the fight, out-wrestling Barboza throughout and nearly finishing him on multiple occasions.
That victory set Nurmagomedov up for his fateful title bout at UFC 223 opposite Tony Ferguson.
April 5, 2018—The Bus Attack
On April 3, video surfaced of Nurmagomedov and his entourage initiating a scuffle with Artem Lobov, a longtime friend and training partner of McGregor. Two days later, immediately following a UFC 223 media event, McGregor and a crew of his own arrived at the Barclays Center and discovered Nurmagomedov and his manager on a bus shared with a number of other fighters. When Nurmagomedov refused to exit the vehicle, McGregor responded by hurling a hand truck in his direction, breaking a window, which resulted in two fighters sustaining injuries from broken glass.
A warrant was issued for McGregor's arrest, and he turned himself in to authorities later that day, with charges of assault and criminal mischief being pressed. Though McGregor had regularly misbehaved over the previous years, this marked a new low for him as well as a potentially huge hindrance in his combat sports career.
April 7, 2018—Nurmagomedov Wins "Undisputed" Title, McGregor Stripped Again
After a pair of opponent changes, Nurmagomedov fought Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 for the lightweight title. While there were questions as to what this meant for McGregor's own championship status, those were answered shortly thereafter when Dana White announced at the post-fight presser that McGregor had been officially stripped of his second title, and Nurmagomedov was now the undisputed 155-pound champion.
While it made for big headlines and sent a strong message, it was a hollow gesture. The bus incident, and by extension the McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov rivalry, gained incredible mainstream visibility. A showdown was inevitable.
July 26, 2018—McGregor Receives Slap on the Wrist
The bus incident was a scary thing for McGregor fans at the time, but as the weeks passed by, it became more and more obvious that he wouldn't face any serious consequences. That came to pass on July 26 when McGregor pled no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct and received just five days of community service. That, coupled with White acknowledging that the UFC wasn't going to punish McGregor, cleared his path back to the Octagon.
August 3, 2018—Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor Officially Announced
Just a week after having his legal issues sorted out, McGregor was officially attached to Nurmagomedov for a fight at UFC 229. They will face off on October 6 for what could be the biggest fight in UFC history.
Khabib Vs McGregor II Could Take Place Before April 2021 IF 'stars Align': Russian's Coach
As it appears, former UFC champion Conor McGregor could get his 2018 rematch against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomdev before April 2021. Khabib's coach Javier Mendez believes if the 'stars align', Khabib vs McGregor 2 could be a real possibility during the first half of next year.
Khabib vs McGregor II in the cards for 2021?
Khabib, who is set to defend his title against interim champ Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, has repeatedly been against the idea of facing Conor McGregor again. On the other hand, The Notorious desperate to get back in the octagon with the Russian, who handed him his fourth career loss in MMA. Despite announcing his retirement back in June, McGregor looks set for his UFC return, with a rematch against Dustin Poirier. The Irishman beat Poirier via Round 1 TKO at UFC 178 in 2014.
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Speaking to The Sun, Javier Mendez said, "Think about this - Khabib will not fight past the end of April next year. So if the stars align properly, based off what Conor is saying, then he could want to put himself in that picture for next year. He has to beat Dustin and then obviously that makes sense."
Mendez said if Conor can beat Poirier he could be in line to face Khabib for the title, considering the Russian walks out with the title on October 24. Khabib vs McGregor II could well take place before April 2021. The Russian will be out of action after April 12 due to Ramadan.
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McGregor has not been in the UFC lightweight title picture since he lost to Khabib in 2018. Facing each other at UFC 229, McGregor was dominated by Khabib as he scored a Round 4 submission victory over the former two-division UFC champion. Since losing in 2018, McGregor often said he underestimated the Russian and that he won't be making the same mistake the next time they are inside the octagon together.
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Despite his efforts to earn a rematch, Khabib has usually stayed away from the idea of a potential rematch. After his win against McGregor, The Eagle beat Dustin Poirier in September last year. He is set for his third title defence at UFC 254 on October 24. Justin Gaethje, 22-2, won the interim belt earlier this year by scoring a TKO win over Tony Ferguson.
As for McGregor, he could insert himself back into the title picture with a win over Poirier. Both fighters have publicly stated their willingness to face each other, with only the date reportedly being a sticking point in negotiations. While McGregor wants to face Poirier by the end of 2020, UFC wants to schedule the fight for January 23.
Also Read | Khabib Not Interested In Dana White's TUF Idea Alongside Conor McGregor Even For $5 Billion
(Image Credits: Khabib, Conor McGregor Instagram)
UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight date, PPV price, how to watch and live stream
The UFC returns to pay-per-view with perhaps the biggest fight in company history, with Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on Saturday, Oct. 6 live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The animosity between the two is at a fever pitch. Their Sept. 20 press conference didn't include any fans inside Radio City Music Hall in New York City out of safety precautions. The presser resulted in verbal jabs being thrown left and right, ranging from political to personal barbs in nature, and ending with security on stage to accompany their tense staredown.
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Nurmagomedov (26-0) is regarded as the most dominant fighter in the UFC, defeating every opponent who has come in his path with his suffocating wrestling. The native of Dagestan won the undisputed title, beating Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC 223 this past April.
McGregor (21-3) will be fighting in MMA for the first time in 23 months. He last captured the lightweight title via a win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016 to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously. In between then and now, McGregor participated in a boxing match, losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 by 10th-round TKO.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor had always been respectful to each other through the years. But everything changed the week of April's UFC 223 event, when Nurmagomedov and his team surrounded McGregor's close friend and teammate, Artem Lobov, resulting in the lightweight titleholder smacking Lobov in the back of the head.
Seeing what happened, McGregor and his associates hopped onto a plane from Dublin, Ireland to Brooklyn, the site of the event, to confront Nurmagomedov. Things didn't go the way McGregor wanted them to, as he stormed into the loading dock of the Barclays Center to look for Nurmagomedov. McGregor wound up throwing a dolly through a bus window, intending to hit Nurmagomedov, but injuring fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, instead.
McGregor ended up getting arrested. In July, McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. McGregor was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to attend one to three days of anger management training.
McGregor is easily the biggest star in combat sports and one of the most popular athletes in the world. For Nurmagomedov and McGregor, this is beyond personal. Add in the fact that their bout is for the 155-pound title and UFC 229 has the makings to be the biggest event in MMA history.
UFC 229 date, start time
UFC 229 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET. Nurmagomedov and McGregor should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET.
How to watch UFC 229
The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $64.99. For more information on how to order UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor, contact your service provider. You can also live-stream UFC 229 and order the main card on UFC.TV for $64.99.
UFC 229 fight card
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor for Nurmagomedov's lightweight title
- Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis; Lightweight
- Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes; Light Heavyweight
- Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov; Heavyweight
- Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig; Women's Strawweight
- Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga; Flyweight
- Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger; Women's Bantamweight
- Lina Länsberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya; Women's Bantamweight
- Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick; Lightweight
- Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz; Lightweight
- Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin; Welterweight
UFC 229 latest news
- Georges St-Pierre tells SN why he thinks it's "60-40" Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Conor McGregor.
- SN discusses whether a victory at UFC 229 makes Conor McGregor an all-time great.
- McGregor says the feud with Khabib Nurmagoemedov will never end.
- Is time running out for former interim lightweight titleholder Tony Ferguson?
- In the mood to win some money? We breakdown the best UFC 229 odds.
Khabib date vs mcgregor
McGregor vs Khabib: UK date, start time, live stream, TV channel, betting odds and undercard info for tonight’s huge UFC 229 fight
CONOR McGREGOR is back in the Octagon this weekend when he takes on Khabib Nurmagedov.
The fight will be McGregor's first in the UFC since he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016 - and standing across the cage from is the fearsome unbeaten Russian Khabib.
When is Khabib vs McGregor and what time does fight start?
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor takes place in the main event of the UFC 229 card this Saturday night, October 6, or the early hours of Sunday, October 7 UK time.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosts the fight.
McGregor's boxing bout against Mayweather last year also took place in the same Vegas arena.
As usual with the big fights across the pond, it is expected the bout will get underway at around 4am UK time at the earliest.
What TV channel is Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor on?
BT Sport 1 are broadcasting the fight.
The channel will show the prelims from 1am to 3am.
Then from 3am the main card gets underway from Las Vegas.
How can I live stream Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor?
The fight can be live streamed for BT Sport subscribers.
The card is available live on their app and official website.
Alternatively follow all of the action with SunSport's live blog right here.
hings can happen when the biggest roller is in Sin City and a rematch can line plenty more pockets for everyone involved.
Who else is on the UFC 229 undercard?
Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin (welterweight)
Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz (lightweight)
Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick (lightweight)
Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya (bantamweight)
Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger (bantamweight)
Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga (flyweight)
Sean O'Malley vs Jose Quinonez (bantamweight)
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig (strawweight)
Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov (heavyweight)
Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes (light heavyweight)
Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis (lightweight)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor (lightweight)
What are the latest odds and how are the public betting?
According to research by betting information experts bookmakers.tv, nearly 57% of the betting public believe The Notorious will beat undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lightweight title fight - despite all odds seemingly suggesting the opposite result.
56.8% of the bets for Conor McGregor
43.2% of the bets for Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor MgGregor to win: 11/8
Khabib Nurmagomedov to win: 4/7
UFC 229 fight card -- Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: Start time, PPV price, date, schedule
Everything you need to know ahead of the McGregor-Khabib PPV from Las Vegas
By Jack Crosby
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UFC 229 on Saturday night with Conor McGregor returning from nearly two years away to challenge for the lightweight championship was one of the most anticipated events in the promotion's history. The show delivered overall, but unfortunately, a black eye was dealt following the main event which saw Khabib Nurmagomedov retain his title with a submission victory over McGregor. The marquee event certainly stole all the mainstream headlines -- just not in the positive manner everyone assumed it would.
CBS Sports was with you throughout the week's festivities in Las Vegas, keeping you up to date on all things UFC. Below was your complete guide the UFC 229 event.
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