The Fight Years in the Making is Less Than Six Weeks Away
October 6th is a night MMA fans around the world have been waiting for. Not only will it mark the return of the sport’s biggest superstar but it also is shaping up to be the biggest fight in the UFC’s history.
#1 McGregor (21-3) is making his long-awaited return to the octagon after nearly two years. McGregor hasn’t fought in the cage since November 2016 at UFC 205. He did fight in the boxing ring in August 2017 against Floyd Mayweather and fans have anxiously been waiting for him to return to the cage.
McGregor was stripped of his lightweight title due to inactivity and undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov won the belt in McGregor’s absence. #2 Nurmagomedov (26-0) has dominated his opponents inside the octagon, with finishes in four of his six wins in the UFC and all of his decision victories being unanimous.
The UFC released a promo when they announced the fight three weeks ago.
But the YouTube page UFC and MMA released the promo below, showing the timeline of how the Khabib-McGregor fight came to be.
The promo highlights McGregor’s attack on a bus that Nurmagomedov before Nurmagomedov’s fight at UFC 223. It shows McGregor talking about his greatness and Nurmagomedov calling out McGregor after winning the belt. It seems that every McGregor fight gets bigger than the last but with this one, it’s more than a typical McGregor fight.
This is the biggest star in the sport looking to win back a belt he never lost by defeat. This is Russia versus Ireland. Fans from all over the world will tune in to watch these two men fight.
The UFC isn’t taking any chances of Nurmagomedov pulling out of the fight, something he has a history of due to injury or poor weight cutting. The UFC announcing earlier this week former lightweight interim champion #2 Tony Ferguson will fight former lightweight champion #8 Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 229.
If Nurmagomedov or McGregor are forced to pull out of the main event, one of the fighters from the co-main event move up and fight in the main event.