Onor’The Notorious’ McGregor will create his Octagon return Saturday night to face undefeated lightweight champion Khabib’The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov in the UFC 229 main event at T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas.
This is the fight mixed-martial arts lovers are waiting for, one that pits two savages on top of their game and in the prime of their livelihood. Toss in a great deal of bad blood, a wild bus attack that led to McGregor’s arrest in New York City earlier this season, and you receive a fantasy matchup that’s probably only the first chapter of this bitter rivalry.
McGregor has only lost once during his 10-fight UFC tenure, falling into Nate Diaz via second-round entry at UFC 194 in a welterweight contest that has been put together on less than two weeks of note when then-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos was forced off the card because of a foot injury.
The Dubliner avenged that defeat with a majority-decision victory in their rematch at UFC 202. Over three months later from the UFC’s introduction in NYC at Madison Square Garden, McGregor scored a second-round knockout win over Eddie Alvarez to catch the advertising’s 155-pound strap.
Since the Nov. 12 of 2016 triumph over Alvarez, however, McGregor has not stepped foot at the Octagon. He sensibly cashed in on a opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 of 2017. McGregor dropped by 10th-round KO into the undefeated Mayweather, but he put up himself for life using a payday that has been allegedly in the $100 million community.