Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor will return to the octagon for the first time in nearly two years at UFC 229 this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The brash Irish superstar will be returning for arguably his greatest challenge to date in the form of undefeated current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The Eagle” has gone a perfect 26-0 in his mixed martial arts career and currently stands as a slight betting favorite to defeat Conor McGregor this Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The undefeated Russian has proven to have elite wrestling skills, this while also possessing some of the most brutal ground and pound ever seen in mixed martial arts.
Because of these traits, many fans and analysts believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov is a stylistic nightmare for Conor McGregor.
The truth is that the current UFC lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov is really a terrible stylistic matchup for any fighter.
But we aren’t talking about “any other fighter” here, we are talking about Conor McGregor.
We are talking about the UFC’s biggest superstar. A man who has made himself a legend based on his ability to not only “talk the talk” but to also triumphantly “walk the walk”.
Conor McGregor has defied the odds and silenced his critics on multiple occasions during his now storied UFC career.
It was thought by many that even as a short-notice replacement, Chad Mendes would be able to utilize his strong wrestling abilities to defeat Conor McGregor when they fought at UFC 189.
While “Money’s” grappling proved to be effective in the early moments of the fight, Conor McGregor would eventually get back up to his feet and when he did the fight did not last long.
McGregor proceeded to find a home for his patent left hand on frequent occasion which inevitably sent Mendes crashing to the canvas.
While many fans will justly point to Chad Mendes’ short training camp for the loss, there is no question that Conor McGregor proved that he is capable of fighting through adversity in his bout with “Money”.
Following his win over Mendes at UFC 189, Conor McGregor was pitted against MMA legend Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in a bout for the promotions undisputed featherweight championship.
Once again, many fans and analysts (myself included) believed that the longtime Brazilian champion, Aldo, would simply be too much for the bold young Irishman.
What happened next would turn the mixed martial arts world on it’s head.
Conor McGregor proceeded to knockout Jose Aldo with one punch just thirteen seconds into their main event showdown at UFC 194.
It was one of those moments where you had to pick your jaw up from off the floor. Something that seemed almost impossible to do at the time, defeating Jose Aldo, and doing so in just 13-seconds. It was simply mind numbing.
His ability to defy the odds, along with his brash personality has made Conor McGregor a household name.
After falling just short in his latest conquest to defy the odds, a boxing match against undefeated legend of the squared circle Floyd Mayweather, fans and analysts alike now eagerly await to see what “Mystic Mac” has in store for us this time around at UFC 229.
This weekend’s Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is being touted by many as the biggest fight in mixed martial arts sports history.
Whether or not that is actually true is simply a matter of opinion.
However, there is no denying that due to the fascinating stylistic matchup, along with the pairs heated public rivalry, Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is definitely the biggest MMA fight in recent memory.
Conor McGregor has gone from being a plumber in Dublin to arguably the most recognized prize fighter on the planet in less than a decade. So even though the odds are not quite in his favor at UFC 229, don’t dismiss the luck of the Irish.
Do you think Conor McGregor will once again be able to defy the odds and hand Khabib Nurmagomedov the first loss of his mixed martial arts career at UFC 229?
Be sure to come watch Saturday’s blockbuster UFC 229 pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will finally meet inside the octagon!
UFC President Dana White made the announcement this past Friday in Los Angeles.
The current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, will put his title and undefeated record on the line against former division champion Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.
“The Eagle” was last seen in action at April’s UFC 223 event in Brooklyn where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta to capture the promotions vacant lightweight title.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor has not competed inside the octagon since November of 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez via second-round TKO to capture the UFC’s lightweight crown.
McGregor has since been stripped of both his featherweight and lightweight UFC titles due to inactivity.
Who do you think will emerge victorious at UFC 229, Conor or Khabib?
Earlier this week, unfortunate news struck the mixed martial arts world when ESPN announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had been forced out of his scheduled UFC 226 title fight with Brian Ortega.
“Blessed” was hospitalized due to concussion-like symptoms and thus removed from this weekend’s highly anticipated UFC 226 pay-per-view fight card.
Max Holloway (19-3 MMA) has not competed inside the octagon since defeating Jose Aldo in their rematch this past December at UFC 218 in Detroit.
This marks the second time in a row that the Hawaiian champion has been forced out of a scheduled fight.
Back in April, “Blessed” was slated to fill in as a short-notice replacement against current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 but was eventually pulled from the bout after being deemed medically unfit to compete.
Max Holloway recently took to social media where he issued the following statement regarding his removal from UFC 226.
“It was what it was,” Holloway began. “Respect to Ortega and his team. Thank you [Dana White] and the [UFC] staff for making my health priority. Also thank you to [Jeremy Stephens] and [Frankie Edgar] for being about that champ life and stepping up. I see you. To all the fans I know this rollercoaster can be frustrating because my team is also on it with you. All I can say is I’m truly sorry and I hope you guys stay buckled in because it is far from being over. Don’t let the bad surprises distract you from the good surprises in this great sport. The best is still blessed.”
Holloway also responded to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champ Conor McGregor, who both wished him well after his UFC 226 withdrawal.
“Thank you my brother,” he said to Nurmagomedov. “I know you know what it is because your whole team is champions. Peace be with you.”
“Thank you champ champ,” he said to McGregor. One of the best minds in this game said we win or learn. This is learning for me. Hope to see you back brother.”
When do you think we’ll see Max Holloway back in the UFC’s Octagon?
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The octagon will return to Brooklyn, New York on April 7 for UFC 223.
The thirteen-bout fight card is headlined by a lightweight title fight featuring current interim champion Tony Ferguson taking on undefeated contedner Khabib Nurmagomedov.
BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor broke the news back on January 16 reporting that current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor would be stripped of his title and adding that Ferguson and Nurmagomedov would be fighting for the promotions undisputed 155-pound title at UFC 223.
“Breaking! I have confirmed with sources that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed UFC lightweight title at #UFC223 in Brooklyn. The bout will be made official later this week. McGregor will be stripped of his title. The bout was 1st reported by TASS.” – Chris Taylor , January 16, 2018
Tony Ferguson is currently riding an impressive ten-fight win streak, his latest being a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 which captured “El Cucuy” the promotions interim lightweight strap.
Ferguson’s most recent loss came way back at UFC on FOX 3 in May of 2012 when he was outpointed by Michael Johnson.
Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone a perfect 25-0 in his mixed martial arts career, his latest victory coming over Edson Barboza at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.
Prior to defeating Barboza in Sin City, “The Eagle” mauled the aforementioned Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in New York.
The co-main event of UFC 223 will feature a women’s strawweight title fight rematch featuring current champ Rose Namajunas taking on former title holder Joanna Jędrzejczyk.
Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts world this past November at UFC 217 in New York by scoring a first-round knockout over Joanna Jędrzejczyk.
Get the full UFC 223 fight card below:
UFC 223 Main Card (10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View)
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
FS1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS1)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak