T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts UFC 229, headlined by 2-division champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor challenging Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight championship.
The champion undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) heads into his first title defense after winning the vacant title at UFC 223, with a unanimous decision over Al Iaquinta. “The Eagle” a Judo black belt, is (10-0) in the octagon with notable wins over Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza. McGregor (21-3) a former UFC Featherweight & Lightweight title holder, who last fought in August of 2017, crossing over to boxing, and becoming Floyd Mayweather’s historic 50th foe. We last saw the Irishmen in the Octagon in November of 2016, scoring his 18th career knock out victory, and in doing so took the Lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez. A belt McGregor was stripped of, like the Featherweight title, for never defending.
The co-main event has former interim Lightweight champion Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson against former Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Ferguson has won 10 straight, 7 by stoppage, 6 by submission. Pettis has 13 finishes, 9 by knockout, coming off submitting Michale Cheisa, with an armbar, at UFC 226.