UFC 229

UFC 229 Live, McGregor vs Khabib Fight PPV Live is arguably the biggest pay-per-view the promotion has ever put on. After an almost two-year hiatus from mixed martial arts, Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon to fight lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the biggest fight in UFC history. A fight that was only made bigger after McGregor was arrested before UFC 223 for attacking one of the fighter buses.

McGregor (21-3) last fought in the octagon at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016, knocking out Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight championship. In the two years since that fight, the UFC stripped McGregor of his featherweight and lightweight titles due to inactivity. Instead of fighting in the Octagon, McGregor boxed undefeated champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr., losing by TKO in the 10th round. In recent months, McGregor signed a new contract with the UFC and launched his own whiskey brand. The question fight night will be how much Octagon rust does McGregor have?

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Nurmagomedov has run through every opponent put in front of him in his career. The Russian fighter has never lost a round and will enter Saturday’s fight with a 26-0 record. Nurmagomedov won the lightweight title, a title McGregor never lost via competition when he defeated Al Iaquinta via decision.

Saturday’s fight will be the classic fight between a great grappler in Nurmagomedov and a powerful puncher in McGregor. If Nurmagomedov is able to successfully takedown McGregor, he will likely win the fight. However, all McGregor needs is one well placed left-hand to stop Nurmagomedov in his tracks.

In the co-main event, lightweights Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis collide. Ferguson has won 10 straight fights, including a win over Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight championship. The California native was originally supposed to fight Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 but was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Pettis is a former lightweight champion, coming off of his best performance in years. The Milwaukee native submitted Michael Chiesa in the second round of their fight at UFC 226.

Also on the main card is a light heavyweight fight between the master of the Von Flue choke, Ovince Saint Preux and Dominick Reyes. Saint Preux is coming off of an impressive win against Tyson Pedro, while Reyes has an undefeated 9-0 record following his knockout win against Jared Cannonier.

Heavyweight contenders Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov meet inside the Octagon on Saturday. Lewis defeated Francis Ngannou at UFC 226 in one of the worst fights in UFC history. The Houston native will look to redeem himself against Volkov. The Russian heavyweight has won four straight, including a knockout win against Fabricio Werdum in his last fight.


How to watch Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 229 on Saturday
In less than a week’s time, Conor McGregor will return to the octagon for the first time in over two years in a UFC lightweight title bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Irishman has not fought competitively since losing to Floyd Mayweather in a multi-million dollar boxing match in August 2016.

This weekend’s mixed martial arts bout, one of the most eagerly anticipated in recent years, is being shown live on BT Sport – before online streaming service Eleven Sports take over UFC rights from January 2019 onwards.

Broadcast restrictions mean that fans in the UK who are subscribed to UFC Fight Pass will not be able to watch the bout live, so only BT Sport subscribers will be able to see the action live.

McGregor and the undefeated Nurmagomedov will go head-to-head in another press conference this Thursday at 11pm, with the main event scheduled to take place at around Sunday 4am UK time.
In their last meeting to promote the UFC 229 main event, McGregor launched an incredible tirade against his Russian opponent, making light on an incident for which McGregor was sentenced to five days community service.

McGregor claimed Khabib would be “dead right now” if the Russian had got off the bus, which the Irishman attacked in April this year.

“I came back for the love of this, to come and shut this man up – a little rat, a little weasel, a little hard man in groups,” said McGregor.
“A man who grows in numbers but on his own and when confronted in a similar situation, cowers away. Did you not see me outside the bus? I showed you my hands – no weapons.

“To let him know I came unarmed. Step off the bus. You talked the big game, now I’m here. He done nothing. Hid and cowered behind women and caused what happened to happen.

“I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that that man had not got the balls to step foot off that bus, or that the bus door did not open, because if that bus door had opened, this man would be dead right now.

“He would be in a box and I would be in a cell and we would not have this great fight ahead of us.”

Nurmagomedov responded: “I’m going to maul you. After this fight he is going to go back to boxing,” attempting to laugh off McGregor’s aggression.

“You come for money, I come for legacy.”