Conor McGregor will fight against Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC lightweight title


There's also a compelling November 3 co-main event bout at Madison Square Garden between McGregor's heated lightweight rival Nate Diaz and gritty Dustin Poirier, who has claimed three fight-of-the-night and one performance-of-the-night bonuses in his last four bouts.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready to face his toughest opponent to date in his first title defense since winning the belt back in April at UFC 223.

In a video interview this week, the San Jose-based Nurmagomedov touted his belt and his dominance in pushing the UFC to properly pay him in accordance with McGregor, the organization's leading draw.

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That was until UFC president Dana White revealed the mega-surprise of the afternoon: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title booked as the main event for UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.

Diaz had little to say during the press conference, but he still managed to send a loud statement as a hype reel played over the fighters to announce McGregor-Nurmagomedov.

Storming off the stage didn't stop the press conference for Diaz though, as the 33-year-old was followed by reporters and spoke outside The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

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"Let them fight alone, and decide everything there [in the cage]". With that backstory in mind, the UFC has plenty of fodder to promote McGregor's Octagon return.

White, who's experienced frustrating talks with Diaz and his brother, Nick, for more than a decade, said, "Stylistically, it's an incredible fight".

However, in a presser line up that included the returning Nate Diaz and widely regarded number one contender Dustin Poirier, Conor and Khabib were conspicuously absent. Poirer sent out his own tweet that mockingly said he also would not be taking part in the fight.

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She went on to write several other posts, and linked out to a website specialising in mental health and wellness. In fact, there will even be a bronze statue of Genest to be displayed in London's Science Museum next year.

McGregor's return to UFC after his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and meltdown in New York City was always going to bring drama, but Friday might have somehow surpassed expectations.