The UFC has officially confirmed the fight everyone has been waiting for.
Announced at the end of the UFC’s 25th-anniversary press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will make his first title defence at UFC 229 on October 6th when he takes on former two-weight champion Conor McGregor.
— UFC (@ufc) August 3, 2018
Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov have engaged in a long-term rivalry which reached boiling point at UFC 223. With Nurmagomedov and his team confronting Artem Lobov during fight week, McGregor and his own entourage swarmed a bus carrying UFC fighters including Nurmagomedov in retaliation.
Nurmagomedov (26-0) has remained undefeated throughout his professional MMA career and claimed the vacant UFC 155 lbs title at UFC 223 with a dominant unanimous decision against Al Iaquinta. The Russian fighter has laid waste to every opponent during his UFC tenure and holds the promotion record for consecutive rounds won at 32.
McGregor (21-3) meanwhile became the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight champion in his last outing after defeating then lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. ‘The Notorious One’ has not been seen in the Octagon since however with a lone boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2017 his only fight since.