One of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC was announced during Friday’s press conference in Los Angeles.
At the end of the presser, a video aired to formally announce that Conor McGregor will challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 for the lightweight title. The fight will take place on Saturday, October 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After deflecting a question at the start of the press conference, UFC president Dana White would state that it was the fight to make and they were “working on it”, prior to the announcement at the end.
Nate Diaz, who was in attendance for the press conference to announce his bout with Dustin Poirier in November, left the stage during the Nurmagomedov-McGregor announcement and tweeted, “I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc”.
The October 6th fight will be McGregor’s first mixed martial arts bout since UFC 205 in November 2016, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become a double champion at the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He boxed Floyd Mayweather Jr. last August that generated a reported 4.3 million buys on pay-per-view.
Footage of the bus altercation in Brooklyn from this past April was the focus of the fight promo that aired during the press conference.
In addition to the UFC 229 fight, the following fights were listed at the start of the press conference:
UFC Fight Night on August 25th in Lincoln, Nebraska
-James Vick vs. Justin Gaethje
UFC 228 on September 8th in Dallas, Texas
-Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till for the UFC welterweight title
-Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC women’s flyweight title
UFC Fight Night on September 22nd in Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa
UFC 229 on October 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada
-Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC lightweight title
UFC Fight Night on October 27th in Moncton, New Brunswick
-Anthony Smith vs. Volkan Oezdemir
UFC 230 on November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York
-Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier
-Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson
-Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero
UFC 25th Anniversary card on November 10th in Denver, Colorado
-Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung
-Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry