The wait is over, fight fans. UFC 229, when Conor McGregor will battle Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title, is right around the corner. But now, another date is set.
A press conference date, that is.
“I know there have been a lot of questions about this, so here’s a big update … Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will both attend a UFC press conference next Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in NYC,” reports ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The bout takes place in Las Vegas on October 6, but this is huge for McGregor for one specific reason. He never lost the lightweight belt that Khabib now holds. That’s because he hasn’t fought in the UFC since November 2016. In the meantime he’s boxed Floyd Mayweather (and lost), attacked a bus at UFC media day and been arrested. Now, Michael Chiesa is suing ‘The Notorious’ for the bus attack.
Going into their bout, McGregor is riding a two-fight win streak. His last loss came against Nate Diaz (via submission) back in March of 2016. Khabib, on the other hand, is 10-0 with the promotion. And, 26-0 overall during his professional MMA career.
In other words, this fight is going to be a good one. And the sparks may start flying as soon as next week. After all, there hasn’t been too much promotional activity around this fight. Plus, it’s on a card that Dana White expects to reach two million buys. Will the conference live up to the hype?
Tune in to find out.