Conor McGregor Will Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for Lightweight Title at UFC 229

Conor McGregor in 2017. Photo by REX/Shutterstock

Conor McGregor is finally getting back to UFC after almost two years. UFC president Dana White announced at a news conference on Friday that McGregor will fight current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for a title at UFC 229. The event is scheduled to take place on October 6th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor- Nurmagomedov matchup is projected to be the biggest fight in UFC history and could haul in two million in pay-per-view sales, which would be a record for MMA.

Conor McGregor’s last fight in UFC came on November 12, 2016, when he became the lightweight by beating knocking out Eddie Alvarez. McGregor already held the featherweight title before that fight, which meant he became the first UFC fighter to hold championships in two different weight classes at the same time. After fighting Alvarez, McGregor decided to try boxing and had a fight against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. That was his last fight of any kind.

Due to Conor McGregor’s inactivity, UFC stripped him of his title which was won by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title match against Al Iaquinta.

Nurmagomedov is currently undefeated, with a 26-0 record. He won eight matches by knockout, eight by submission and 10 by judicial decision.