The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed that reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 29, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia is defending his belt at “UFC 229.” His challenger is Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland.
“UFC 229” will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States on October 6, 2018. The UFC Lightweight Championship bout between Nurmagomedov and McGregor will be the main event.
This will be Nurmagomedov’s first title defense. He became the UFC Lightweight Champion by defeating Al “Ragin Al” Iaquinta, 31, of Wantagh, New York, USA via unanimous decision at “UFC 223” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Center on April 7, 2018.
An undefeated fighter, Nurmagomedov improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 26 wins and 0 loss by defeating Iaquinta. Out of the 26 victories of the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, 10 were via decision, 8 were via knockout and 8 were via submission.
On the other hand, McGregor has 21 wins and 3 losses. He was the first UFC champion to hold two titles simultaneously.
McGregor became the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion by winning at “UFC 189” on July 11, 2015 and the UFC Featherweight Champion by winning at “UFC 194” on December 12, 2015. he was stripped of the title on November 26, 2016 when he won at “UFC 2015” and became the UFC Lightweight Champion.
Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 34, of Ventura, California, USA became the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion by winning at “UFC 216” on October 7, 2017. Both McGregor and Ferguson were stripped of their titles when Nurmagomedov became the undisputed champion at “UFC 223.”
Another bout confirmed to be on the “UFC 229” card is a flyweight contest between Jussier Formiga, 33, of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis, 24, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. They were originally scheduled to fight at “UFC Fight Night 117” on September 23, 2017 at the Saitaman Super Arena in Saitama, Japan but it was cancelled after the Brazilian contender pulled out of the bout for undisclosed reasons.
Here is a clip featuring Nurmagomedov and McGregor: