UFC 229 takes place on Saturday, October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
It is headlined by the return of former two-division UFC champion, Conor McGregor, who will be fighting the undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov won the vacant lightweight title at UFC 223 in April with a unanimous decision win over late replacement, Al Iaquinta. Nurmagomedov was initially supposed to fight Tony Ferguson for the title on that card before a knee injury caused Ferguson to withdraw.
Prior to that, Nurmagomedov’s undefeated streak includes wins over Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, and Rafael dos Anjos, to name a few. He made his UFC debut on January 20, 2012.
McGregor, on the other hand, makes his anticipated return to the octagon. His most recent fight in the UFC was winning the lightweight title by stopping former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016. He won the featherweight title by knocking out former long-reigning champion Jose Aldo in 2015.
After defeating Alvarez, McGregor’s last fight was the historic boxing match against Floyd Mayweather on August 26, 2017.
In the co-main event, former interim UFC lightweight champion champion, Tony Ferguson, will fight former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
MAIN EVENT TALE OF THE TAPE:
Record: 26-0, 8 KO
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 155 lbs
Total Bouts: 26
Takedown Avg: 5.44
Takedown Accuracy: 44%
Takedown Defense: 84%
Record: 21-3, 18 KO
Height: 5ft 9in
Weight: 155 lbs
Total Bouts: 24
Takedown Avg: 0.92
Takedown Accuracy: 62%
Takedown Defense: 73%
UFC 229 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD, START TIME
Main Card – PPV – 7 p.m. PT
-Lightweight: (c) Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
-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 – 5 p.m. PT
-Flyweight: Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
-Welterweight: Jalin Turner vs. Vicente Luque
-Women’s bantamweight: Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
-Lightweight: Alan Patrick vs. Scott Holtzman
Preliminary Card – UFC Fight Pass – 3:30 p.m. PT
-Women’s bantamweight: Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lina Lansberg
-Lightweight: Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
-Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
MAIN CARD ODDS:
According to Oddsshark:
Khabib Nurmagomedov -160
Conor McGregor +130
Tony Ferguson -340
Anthony Pettis +260
Dominick Reyes -240
Ovince Saint Preux +190
Alexander Volkov -170
Derrick Lewis +140
Felice Herrig -125
Michelle Waterson -105
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