UFC 229 ‘Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor’ - Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor

UFC 229 ‘Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor’ - Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor

Even if that pulling power comes with baggage, and a reputation for vulgarism during his fight career he continues to enthusiastically play up.

UFC 229 sits at the epicenter of combat sports activity, as reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov will collide with returning former champion Conor McGregor in a blockbuster main event on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC lightweight champion turned up promptly at 3pm on Thursday at Park Theater in Las Vegas and completed his media duties before McGregor's arrival.

Taking on the powerful champion from Dagestan in his comeback fight represents a colossal gamble by McGregor.

McGregor polarises like few others, making the drama that he brings bearable - arguably welcome - for promoters.

McGregor said he expected to make about $50 million in a pay-per-view event that will likely shatter the previous UFC record of 1.6 million buys and will also make Nurmagomedov his biggest payday ever. During that bout, McGregor was at the top of his game, landing vicious left-hand strikes that dropped Alvarez three times in the opening round before finishing him in the second.

With that violent encounter offering UFC chiefs a built-in marketing campaign, it was only a matter of time before a fight between McGregor and Nurmagomedov was inked.

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McGregor, who said he cut no corners in camp and grappled for 25 minutes each with two 200-pound fighters on Wednesday, reiterated his prediction he'd knock Nurmagomedov out.

That drew the ire of McGregor, who went after Nurmagoedov and his trainer.

McGregor has too many potential mega-bouts in his future to come out on the short end Saturday night. I am coming to put a hole in this man's skull. Apparently angered by a confrontation between Nurmagomedov and another MMA fighter who is a training partner of McGregor's, the latter stormed into a parking area underneath Brooklyn's Barclays Center in April, looking for Nurmagomedov.

" (Nurmagomedov) knew what he signed up for".

A technician against a raw, visceral brawler.

McGregor proceeded to find a home for his patent left hand on frequent occasion which inevitably sent Mendes crashing to the canvas.

Ferguson says after his injury, he staved off talking to virtually anybody that wasn't part of his inner circle as he went through rehabilitation to get healthy enough to fight again. Of course I'm emotional too, but I have to control this. "He doesn't really have anything for me personally". "He's a rat bastard, and I'm going to get him on Saturday night". My legacy is smash. From there, McGregor did what McGregor does better than anyone in the organization: talk. But he made it clear he has no love for McGregor or anyone around him. And for the UFC, that is his true value to their brand.

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