LAS VEGAS — Maybe the largest combat in UFC historical past will begin as Khabib Nurmagomedov defends the light-weight title in opposition to former two-division world champion Conor McGregor in the primary occasion of UFC 229.
The animosity between the 2 is at a fever pitch. Their Sept. 20 press convention did not embrace any followers inside Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York Metropolis out of security precautions. The presser resulted in verbal jabs being thrown left and proper, starting from political to private barbs in nature, and ending with safety on stage to accompany their tense staredown.
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Nurmagomedov (26-Zero) is thought to be essentially the most dominant fighter within the UFC, defeating each opponent who has are available in his path along with his suffocating wrestling. The native of Dagestan gained the undisputed title, beating Al Iaquinta in the primary occasion of UFC 223 this previous April.
McGregor (21-Three) might be combating in MMA for the primary time in 23 months. He final captured the light-weight title by way of a win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016 to turn out to be the first fighter in UFC historical past to carry two belts concurrently. In between then and now, McGregor participated in a boxing match, dropping to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 by 10th-round TKO.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor had all the time been respectful to one another by way of the years. However the whole lot modified the week of April’s UFC 223 occasion, when Nurmagomedov and his workforce surrounded McGregor’s shut pal and teammate, Artem Lobov, ensuing within the light-weight titleholder smacking Lobov at the back of the pinnacle.
Seeing what occurred, McGregor and his associates hopped onto a airplane from Dublin, Eire to Brooklyn, the location of the occasion, to confront Nurmagomedov. Issues did not go the best way McGregor needed them to, as he stormed into the loading dock of the Barclays Middle to look for Nurmagomedov. McGregor wound up throwing a dolly by way of a bus window, meaning to hit Nurmagomedov, however injuring fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, as an alternative.
McGregor ended up getting arrested. In July, McGregor pleaded responsible to disorderly conduct as a part of a plea take care of the Brooklyn District Legal professional’s Workplace. McGregor was sentenced to 5 days of group service and ordered to attend one to a few days of anger administration coaching.
Will the largest star in fight sports activities be capable of dethrone essentially the most dominant fighter within the UFC?
Sporting Information might be reside contained in the T-Cellular Area and supply blow-by-blow protection of what ought to be a historic evening of motion.
(All occasions Japanese.)
UFC 229 outcomes
9:05 p.m. – Goodness gracious! Vicente Luque delivered probably the most savage first spherical finishes you may ever see in opposition to Jalin Turner. It was aggressive within the standup early till Turner went for a spinning elbow. He hit Luque with it however the Brazilian brushed it off and landed a counter that despatched Turner sprawling to the canvas. Luque adopted him to the canvas and brutalized him with floor and pound till Turner’s physique went limp. It is Luque’s third straight win and he is beginning to make a dent within the welterweight division.
eight:42 p.m. – Aspen Ladd had a brutal weight minimize yesterday and had a scary second after weigh ins. However she shook it off to dominate Tonya Evinger and safe a primary spherical TKO. The 23-year-old used her dimension and aggression to carry the seasoned veteran to the canvas, flattened her out after taking her again and unleashed some vicious floor and pound to earn the stoppage. The sky is the restrict for Ladd.
eight:24 p.m. – Scott Holtzman scored a scintillating second-round knockout in opposition to Alan Patrick to kick off the FS1 prelims. The place is slowly filling up and Holtzman gave them one thing to cheer about. A counter proper hand despatched Patrick down laborious and labored his method right into a mount. Some brutal quick elbows from mount minimize the lights off in essentially the most savage method doable. He devoted the victory to his not too long ago born son, which drew cheers from the gang.
7:53 p.m. – After being blitzed by Cris Cyborg, Yuna Kunitskaya received again heading in the right direction with a sound three-round unanimous resolution victory over Lina Lansberg to shut out the UFC Combat Cross prelims. It will be attention-grabbing to see the place Kunitskaya suits in with the remainder of the ladies’s bantamweight division.
7:17 p.m. – Nik Lentz pummelled Grey Maynard from nearly each side of the combat. He made it look simple and despatched Maynard down face first with a proper head kick to choose up an enormous TKO victory. He additionally shouted out Brett Kavanaugh in his post-fight speech. In all probability not the perfect concept.
6:55 p.m. – Tony Martin will get the evening began off proper with a dominant efficiency in opposition to Ryan LaFlare. A brutal proper head kick despatched LaFlare down and out on the one-minute mark. Afterward, Martin known as out the remainder of the welterweight division by way of an expletive-filled rant.
UFC 229 combat card (winners in daring)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor for Nurmagomedov’s light-weight title
- Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis; Light-weight
- Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes; Gentle Heavyweight
- Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov; Heavyweight
- Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig; Girls’s Strawweight
- Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga; Flyweight
- Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner; Welterweight (KO by way of floor and pound. Spherical 1, Three:52)
- Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger; Girls’s Bantamweight (TKO by way of floor and pound. Spherical 1, Three:26)
- Lina Länsberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya; Girls’s Bantamweight (Unanimous resolution)
- Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick; Light-weight (KO by way of elbows. Spherical Three, Three:42)
- Grey Maynard vs. Nik Lentz; Light-weight (TKO by way of head kick and punches. Spherical 2, 1:19)
- Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin; Welterweight (TKO by way of head kick and punches. Spherical Three, 1:00)
UFC 229 newest information
– Georges St-Pierre tells SN why he thinks it is “60-40” Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Conor McGregor.
– SN discusses whether or not a victory at UFC 229 makes Conor McGregor an all-time nice.
– McGregor says the feud with Khabib Nurmagoemedov won’t ever finish.
– Is time operating out for former interim light-weight titleholder Tony Ferguson?
– Within the temper to win some cash? We breakdown the perfect UFC 229 odds.