THE trash talk is done – Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov face off at UFC 229 tonight.
It will be McGregor’s first UFC fight since 2016 following his mega bucks boxing cameo against Floyd Mayweather last year. His opponent Khabib – who is defending his UFC lightweight title – is yet to taste defeat, however…
When is McGregor vs Khabib and what time does fight start?
The huge Las Vegas fight is on tonight – Saturday October 6.
Depending on the length of the 11 undercard bouts, it is expected the main event will get underway from around 4am UK time.
Sin City’s T-Mobile Arena hosts the event. It is the same arena that McGregor lost to Mayweather in 2017.
What belts are on the line?
Khabib’s UFC lightweight title will be up for grabs tonight.
McGregor was stripped of the 155lb title in April because of inactivity.
What TV channel is showing McGregor vs Khabib?
BT Sport 1 will be broadcasting the big fight live, with the undercard kicking off at 1am.
- The main UFC 229 card then starts on the channel from 3am.
- For BT TV customers, it will be on channel 408.
- Sky subscribers can catch all the action from £27.99 a month on channel 413.
- Meanwhile, on Virgin Media, you will be looking for channel 531 and can add the BT Sport package and much more for an extra £21 a month.
How can I live stream McGregor vs Khabib?
BT Sport subscribers can live stream the fight on their app and their website.
Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date on our dedicated SunSport LIVE BLOG.
What are their records?
The Russian grappler Khabib, 30, has an unbeaten MMA record of 26-0.
10 of his wins have come by decision, eight by knockout and eight by submission.
He first fought in the UFC in 2012, having signed a six fight contract the year before.
McGregor, also aged 30, has an MMA record of 21 wins and three losses from 24 fights.
All three of McGregor’s MMA defeats have come by submission.
What are the latest odds?
- McGregor to win: 6/4
- Khabib to win: 4/7
Wally Downes, SunSport Boxing Correspondent
A points or late Khabib win looks the most likely outcome but that would mean Las Vegas and the UFC get their golden goose knocked off his perch.
Draws are hugely rare in the UFC and would usually need a point deduction or a 10-8 round.
But, as we have seen in boxing recently, strange things can happen when the biggest roller is in Sin City and a rematch can line plenty more pockets for everyone involved.
What is the full UFC 229 card for tonight?
Early Prelims (from 1am)
- Welterweight – Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin
- Lightweight – Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz
- Lightweight – Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick
- Bantamweight – Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya
- Bantamweight – Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger
- Flyweight – Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga
- Bantamweight – Sean O’Malley vs Jose Quinonez
Main card (from 3am)
- Strawweight – Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
- Heavyweight – Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov
- Light heavyweight – Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes
- Lightweight – Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis
- Lightweight – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor
What have they said?
Khabib [on how he sees the fight going]: “Maybe. Maybe decision. Maybe I’m gonna finish him. But all the time when he’s tired, he gives up. This is all the time. Like before fights, he talks like ‘I’m ready for this, I’m ready for this,’ when he fight with Diaz, when he fight with Mayweather. But when he’s tired he gives up all the time.”
McGregor: “He may have wrestled Dagestani bears but he has never wrestled a Irish gorilla and that’s what he’s about to face on Saturday night.
“I believe he’s slow, he’s flat footed, his striking is very average and I look to expose that.
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