One of the UFC's most anticipated fights is happening at UFC 229. The promotion announced at its 25th-anniversary press conference that Conor McGregor will return and challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight championship on Saturday, Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch the UFC's official trailer for the championship grudge match by playing the video above, then get your tickets for UFC 229 at AXS.
McGregor will be looking to reclaim the lightweight championship he was stripped of in April. UFC 229 will mark almost two years between fights for McGregor, who last competed on Nov. 12, 2016, to defeat Eddie Alvarez for the aforementioned title. But after he moved on to his blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and took time away from mixed martial arts for the birth of his first child, the title was claimed by Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
UFC 229 will be Nurmagomedov's first title defense. It also contains some much-publicized bad blood between the champion and challenger. Before Nurmagomedov's title fight at UFC 223, McGregor and several associates attacked a bus that Nurmagomedov and several other fighters were on. McGregor was seen on camera throwing a dolly that shattered a window, which resulted in two other fighters being injured and having to withdraw from their bouts.
McGregor negotiated a plea agreement on July 26 and pled guilty to one count of disorderly conduct. The incident created countless headlines and immediate interest in seeing McGregor and Nurmagomedov challenge each other in the Octagon. The backstory plus the championship on the line have combined to make this one of the most talked about fights of 2018, if not UFC history, and that's just one of the matchups happening at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 6.
The official fight card also includes four other bouts announced on Thursday: Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig (women's strawweight), Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya (women's bantamweight), Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes (light heavyweight) and Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin (welterweight). Additional fights will be announced at a later date. Don't miss your opportunity to see one of the UFC's biggest events live and in person; get your tickets to UFC 229 through AXS.
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