Onor’The Notorious’ McGregor will create his Octagon return Saturday night to face undefeated lightweight winner Khabib’The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov at the UFC 229 major event at T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas.
This is the battle mixed-martial arts fans are waiting for, one that pits two savages on very top of their game and in the prime of their livelihood. Toss in a ton of bad blood, a crazy bus assault that resulted in McGregor’s arrest in New York City earlier this year, and you receive a dream matchup that’s most likely only the first chapter of this bitter rivalry.
McGregor has only lost once through his 10-fight UFC tenure, falling into Nate Diaz through second-round entry at UFC 194 in a welterweight contest that was 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 success in their rematch at UFC 202. Less than three months after from the UFC’s introduction in NYC at Madison Square Garden, McGregor scored a second-round knockout win over Eddie Alvarez to catch the promotion’s 155-pound strap.
Since the Nov. 12 of 2016 victory over Alvarez, however, McGregor hasn’t stepped foot at the Octagon. He wisely cashed in on a chance to fight Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 of 2017. McGregor lost by 10th-round KO into the undefeated Mayweather, but he set up himself for life using a payday that was allegedly in the $100 million community.
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