'UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor' lineup, start times set for potential record-breaker
The bout order and start times are set for what UFC officials are expecting to be the biggest fight card in the promotion’s history.
“UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor” takes place Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov(26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC) takes on former lightweight and featherweight champ Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who will attempt to win back the 155-pound belt that was stripped from him when Nurmagomedov won it earlier this year.
But the fight is just one part of the story since McGregor and Nurmagomedov have become heated rivals – and McGregor spent time in jail earlier this year ahead of UFC 223 after throwing a hand truck into the window of a bus that held Nurmagomedov, his team members, and other UFC 223 fighters.
A pre-fight news conference for the event this past week in New York City was one that UFC President Dana White called “the darkest” he’d ever been part of. It was an explosive event, at least from McGregor’s side of things. Nurmagomedov mostly remained calm and even stoic at times. But next week’s events likely will build to a fever pitch ahead of the card, which White has said is tracking to deliver upwards of 2.5 million pay-per-view buys, which would be a UFC personal best.
Also on the card, a key lightweight fight takes place in the co-main event when former champions Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Anthony Pettis (21-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) meet. The winner will find himself in the running to meet the Nurmagomedov-McGregor winner for the title.
Also on the main card, Dominick Reyes (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on Ovince Saint Preux (23-11 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at light heavyweight, Derrick Lewis (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) meets former Bellator heavyweight champ Alexander Volkov (30-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in what could be a title eliminator, and Felice Herrig (13-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Michelle Waterson (15-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) open the main card in a women’s strawweight fight.
The preliminary card on FX has a featured bout pitting Sean O’Malley (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) against Jose Quinonez (7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at bantamweight. And Jussier Formiga (21-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) meets Sergio Pettis (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in a key flyweight bout.
In the prelims on UFC Fight Pass, Yana Kunitskaya (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Lina Lansberg (8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is the featured bout at women’s bantamweight, plus Scott Holtzman (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Alan Patrick (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at lightweight.
The full UFC 299 lineup includes:
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