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Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov Announced For UFC 229

Conor McGregor to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas

According to UFC president Dana White, former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor will not be punished for the bus attack that almost decimated an entire fight card and sent the two-time champion to jail. It's gonna be a big fight. "I already won that one twice", Diaz said before storming off the stage as the McGregor-Nurmagomedov presentation was aired.

McGregor will bid to reclaim the lightweight title, which he was forced to give up due to inactivity.

"And obviously for Conor, coming back from a two-year layoff, in my opinion - and it's insane to say this because of how popular he is around the world - but he's one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC".

That's a nice little story in and of itself, but it barely cracks the surface of why fans have been dying to see these two square off in the octagon.

Former two-weight world champion McGregor has wanted to face Nurmagomedov for some time.

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McGregor's comeback is not the only must-watch UFC event coming up on BT Sport however.

McGregor's attack was in retaliation to Nurmagomedov, who was on the bus at the time and had confronted McGregor's teammate and friend Artem Lobov at the hotel housing the fighters ahead of UFC 223. McGregor threw a metal dolly through the bus's window, injuring several fighters and causing a number of matches on the pay-per-view card to be cancelled. The incident saw the Irishman arrested and agreeing to a plea deal which involved taking anger management classes and community service.

A press conference on Friday to mark UFC's 25th anniversary was drawing to a close when White said: "We have one last thing we want to show you".

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, which he added to his featherweight belt to become the first man to hold titles in two UFC divisions simultaneously. Mayweather vs. McGregor was an event first and foremost, and whether or not a competitive fight ever came out of it was never really the point. "For Khabib, who is undefeated and who is looked at as one of the best fighters in the world, beating Conor is massive for him". They're bad mouthing me, saying I turned down fights.

This is the fight the fans want, too, and the countdown to October 6 started Saturday.

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