The UFC announces Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor for October at UFC 229

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One of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC was announced during Friday’s press conference in Los Angeles.

At the end of the presser, a video aired to formally announce that Conor McGregor will challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 for the lightweight title. The fight will take place on Saturday, October 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After deflecting a question at the start of the press conference, UFC president Dana White would state that it was the fight to make and they were “working on it”, prior to the announcement at the end.

Nate Diaz, who was in attendance for the press conference to announce his bout with Dustin Poirier in November, left the stage during the Nurmagomedov-McGregor announcement and tweeted, “I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc”.

The October 6th fight will be McGregor’s first mixed martial arts bout since UFC 205 in November 2016, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become a double champion at the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He boxed Floyd Mayweather Jr. last August that generated a reported 4.3 million buys on pay-per-view.

Footage of the bus altercation in Brooklyn from this past April was the focus of the fight promo that aired during the press conference.

In addition to the UFC 229 fight, the following fights were listed at the start of the press conference:

UFC Fight Night on August 25th in Lincoln, Nebraska
-James Vick vs. Justin Gaethje

UFC 228 on September 8th in Dallas, Texas
-Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till for the UFC welterweight title
-Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC women’s flyweight title

UFC Fight Night on September 22nd in Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa

UFC 229 on October 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada
-Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC lightweight title

UFC Fight Night on October 27th in Moncton, New Brunswick
-Anthony Smith vs. Volkan Oezdemir

UFC 230 on November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York
-Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier
-Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson
-Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero

UFC 25th Anniversary card on November 10th in Denver, Colorado
-Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung
-Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry

What a shit show… the guys trying to talk trash were so bad, you’d think WWE creative wrote it.

Diaz is obviously going to angle for more money and most likely end up in litigation …apparently again.

And we’re given the worse kept secret fight that in all likelyhood isn’t going to happen, because Khabib has spent more time on an operating table than octagon time over how many years? Connor McGregor has shown his unwillingness to attend what will most likely be another press tour and both hate each other that it could end worse than Diaz/McGregor 2 and Connor now has a history and could be deported for another fuck up…could, but he’s a celebrity. They can get away with anything.

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Do we know for sure if Yoel Romero will be able to compete by November? I recall reports emerging that despite the fight being announced Yoel was still injured from his Whittaker fight.

As far as the main event of 230, it seems the only options on the table are Gustafsson/Cormier 2 or a GSP fight (against who? Anderson?). Will be interesting to see how that unfolds, because just from the announced bouts including Weidman/Rockhold and Jacare/Branch we’re looking at another amazing MSG card.

Hope Khabib knocks out that juvenile level trash talker.

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Im doubtful of this fight and several others coming to fruition.

A GSP fight in the Fall would get me excited. But i dont think Dana has an interest in putting that together.

Yeah other then the long awaited Anderson Silva fight (which is definitely a lot less appealing then it was 6 years ago) I don’t see what’s available for Georges the rest of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him until 2019, or perhaps not at all. If no fight makes sense to him, he’ll retire. He’s not one of those guys who will take a fight just to fight.

I think McGregor is gonna tap out to Khabib… THis is gonna be the fight for life.