The UFC have announced during the 25th anniversary press conference, that former two division champion Conor McGregor will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Oct. 6.
The news comes following Conor McGregor’s court case following a bus incident during UFC 223 fight week back in April. During the incident, McGregor and his entourage attacked a bus full of UFC fighters and employees in the attempt to get to Khabib Nurmagomedov following an altercation that happened earlier involving Conor McGregor’s team mate Artem Lobov.
Conor McGregor plead guilty to one charge of disorderly conduct and will have to undergo five days of community service, anger management classes and will pay for any damages. Three orders of protection where also given for UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg who where both injured during the attack.
The fight has the potential to be one of the biggest in UFC history to date with Conor McGregor making his return to the octagon since winning the UFC Lightweight title by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 back in November 2016. Conor McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts from two different weight classes simultaneously. McGregor was subsequently stripped of both the UFC Featherweight and UFC Lightweight titles due to his inactivity. His last fight was against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match back in August 2017. He lost the bout via TKO in the 10th round.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) remains undefeated and is currently coming off a decision win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, capturing the UFC Lightweight title. This will be Khabib Nurmagomedov’s first title defence, with McGregor keen to win back what once belonged to him.