Khabib vs McGregor set for October 6

07 August, 2018, 07:24 | Author: Elena Meyer
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At the end of a press conference that was meant to drum up excitement for the company's coming slate of fights, UFC president Dana White introduced a video that announced the long-awaited return of Conor McGregor for a lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.

Nurmagomedov (26-0), who wasn't actually on the bus, won the vacant lightweight belt by beating Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn two days after McGregor's attack, which injured uninvolved fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg.

Conor McGregor is set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 6 in Las Vegas in what could be the biggest fight in UFC history.

The UFC dramatically announced the matchup on Friday with a promotional video to close a news conference promoting its fight cards for the rest of 2018.

McGregor had made his professional boxing debut past year where he fought superstar Floyd Mayweather in what was considered one of the biggest crossover bout.

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In addition to McGregor's return, another UFC great is set to return. "However, I fought at 170, and I relinquish the title; I fought at 185, and I relinquished the title; I don't think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155". McGregor didn't immediately react to the bout announcement on social media.

Nurmagomedov took McGregor's 155lb title in April, with the Irishman stripped of it due to inactivity. BT Sport will keep you across all the build-up and the action on the night from Las Vegas.

"It's time to roll", Diaz said following his own two-year absence. "I don't know why nobody told you guys that".

Unlike former two-division champion, Mcgregor had global media appearances for his bout against Jose Aldo at UFC 189 and on a much larger scale the promotion of Floyd Mayweather bout, this time around there wouldn't be any world tour due to of tight time frame.

UFC chief White has already said he is expecting the bout to sell in the region of 2 million pay-per-view buys, meaning it would beat the current record of 1.65 million for McGregor's second fight with Nate Diaz in August 2016. In the interim, Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken the lightweight division by storm.

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