Connor McGregor V Khabib Nurmagomedov: Connor Returns To The Octagon

He has barely left the consciousness of UFC fans or boxing fans for a second, so it is strange to think that Connor McGregor hasn’t fought in the octagon for over two years.

The lightweight title fight takes place in the wee small hours of Sunday morning and is part of UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

What time is it on?

If you’re determined to watch the fight live, then be prepared to either pull an all nighter, or set your alarms bright and early. Preliminary fights are set to go underway at 22:30 BST on Saturday night, with the main card stepping out at 03:00 BST.

This means the McGregor fight won’t be starting until an expected 05:30 BST.

Where is the fight?

The Irishman’s fight against the Russian, nicknamed ‘The Eagle’, sees a return to the famous T-Mobile Arena stage where he was defeated by former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather in one of the most lucrative boxing matches in history.

His Opponent

Nurmagomedov is McGregor’s first fight in UFC since he defeated Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight belt in November 2016. He has since been stripped of both his lightweight and featherweight title due to inactivity, with Nurmagomedov being installed as lightweight champion in his absence.

The Russian has won all 26 of his professional fights, with eight KOs and eight submissions, showing he is capable of winning fights on his feet and on the mat.

McGregor has 3 defeats to his name, but his 21 wins from 24 fights with 18 KOs is not to be sniffed at, and the confident fighter seems in high spirits, laying down his predictions for how fight is going to go that have previously been spookily accurate in the past.

The Purse

Whilst this fight won’t be worth quite as much as the £450m generated by Mayweather v McGregor, this fight can still expect nine figures as more than two million North Americans are expected to fork out upwards of $70 (£54) to watch the contest.

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