Conor McGregor to Face Nurmagomedov in Main Event at UFC 229

Anna Jefferson
August 6, 2018

Of course, McGregor just had to finish out a plea agreement in NY after he went on an all-out assault on a bus back in April in an attempt to get to Nurmagomedov after he was involved in an altercation with Nurmagomedov's teammate Artem Lobov ahead of UFC 223. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct in a fleeting court appearance, and was handed a punishment of five days' community service.

McGregor himself has said recently that he would prefer to fight in Madison Square Gardens again, but conceded that he believed his next fight would be in Las Vegas.

Get breaking news alerts. The announcement was made during the UFC's 25th anniversary press conference where the fighting promotion laid out the events for the rest of 2018.

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Once McGregor resolved to return to the octagon earlier this year, Nurmagomedov was the obvious choice to be his next opponent - but the biggest obstacle to this bout appeared to be money.

Before it was official that McGregor would fight Nurmagomedov in October at T-Mobile Arena, Diaz said he didn't view his fight with Poirier as a semifinal to set up a possible trilogy bout with the Irishman after they each won a fight in two 2016 battles.

"I hope that there are no more provocations from McGregor", Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov told R-Sport. "It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen".

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ESPN's Brett Okamoto writes, "Nurmagomedov has replaced McGregor as the most dominant force in the division, and is the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to ESPN".

Nurmagomedov, the Dagestan-born Russian champion, has been one of the pound-for- pound greats of MMA when healthy, racking up 10 consecutive victories since joining the UFC. Khabib is ready to meet him to fight anywhere in the world. It likely won't match 2017's biggest fight in terms of revenue, but it's a far better fight, if you ask me. The popular Diaz (19-11) hasn't fought since that majority-decision loss to McGregor in August 2016, but he agreed to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight bout in NY at UFC 230 on November 3.

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