With the weigh-ins complete (see staredown here), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and former 145- and 155-pound “champ-champ,” Conor McGregor, are now officially set to compete later tonight (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it’s going to be absolutely bonkers. Indeed, there hasn’t been this much excitement around a UFC pay-per-view (PPV) event since, well, when McGregor locked horns with Nate Diaz for a second time at UFC 202 more than two years ago. That’s actually right around the same time that “Notorious” last stepped foot in the Octagon — he has not competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) since stopping Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Nov. 2016 to win the promotion’s Lightweight title. It’s a belt — along with the Featherweight strap he claimed in Dec. 2015 — that he would never defend. That’s because McGregor was somehow able to finagle a “money” blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which the Irishman would lose via technical knockout in round 10.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor are expected to step into the cage sometime before midnight later this evening. The bout, which will be contested at 155 pounds, is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds. And the longer the fight goes, the more it favors Nurmagomedov, who pushes a brutal pace that grinds his opponents into fleshy red pulps. McGregor, meanwhile, has only fought for 25 minutes once (Diaz rematch), averaging just under five minutes in the cage throughout his 24-fight MMA career.
Nevertheless, before Nurmagomedov and McGregor hook ‘em up, Fight Pass will kickoff the action online at 6:30 p.m. ET then FOX Sports 1 will pick up the broadcast at 8 p.m. ET before transitioning to pay-per-view (PPV) at 10 p.m. ET. There, UFC 229 will also feature a pivotal match between top-ranked Lightweight contenders, Tony Ferguson (No. 1) and Anthony Pettis (No. 8), with the winner likely competing against the winner of the main event.
That’s not all, though ... not by a long shot.
UFC 229 PPV Main Event:
155 lbs.: UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
UFC 229 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET start time):
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
115 lbs.: Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
UFC 229 FOX Sports 1 ‘Prelims’ Undercard (8 p.m. ET start time):
125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis
170 lbs.: Vincente Luque vs. Jalin Turner
135 lbs.: Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
155 lbs.: Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick
UFC 229 Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ Undercard (6:30 p.m. ET start time):
135 lbs.: Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lina Lansberg
155 lbs.: Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
170 lbs.: Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
Remember that MAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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