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McGregor vs Khabib Live: Conor McGregor will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229
Conor McGregor returns to UFC for the first time in nearly two years early this morning.
McGregor faces the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight title in the main event of UFC 229, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khabib holds the UFC’s and mixed martial arts’ longest undefeated record of 26 wins in a row, 10 of which have gone the distance.
Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s coverage of UFC 229 as Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon for the first time since 2016.
The Irishman takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC Lightweight champion, as he looks to get his hands on the belt once more.
Express Sport will bring you all the action from Las Vegas through the evening in what could be the most explosive night of UFC action ever.
McGregor and Khabib are due in the Octagon at around 5.30am UK time, but there are plenty of other interesting fights in the build up.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Conor McGregor at Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins
McGregor vs Khabib Live – 2:16am
Despite the T-Mobile nearly being full, there isn’t much of a raucous atmosphere amongst the crowd.
That’s very surprising given how boisterous the fans, all 10,000 plus of them, were at yesterday’s weigh-ins.
The atmosphere will no doubt pick up when the main card gets underway, which is less than 30 minutes away.
But before that, an entertaining men’s flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Sergio Pettis, the brother of former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to defend his LW title against Conor McGregor
McGregor vs Khabib Live result: Vicente Luque def Jalin Taylor via KO, (punches) Round 1, 3:52 – 2:05am
Jalin Taylor’s venture to the welterweight division didn’t go as he would’ve expected.
The Dana White Looking For A Fight contestant took on the dangerous Vicente Luque in his maiden outing in the 170lbs division.
And it ended in less than four minutes as Luque put his lights out with some nasty ground-and-pound after catching him coming with a big right hand and sending hurtling to the canvas.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Vicente Luque lands a big right hand on Jalin Taylor
McGregor vs Khabib Live result – Aspen Ladd def Tonya Evinger via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:20 – 01:43
Aspen Ladd struggled to make the bantamweight limit yesterday morning, but it didn’t seem that her adverse weight cut had a detrimental effect on her.
The 23-year-old dominated Tonya Evinger from the get-go, tagging her with multiple right hands from outside of the pocket.
And when the contest hit the mat, Ladd made sure not to give the veteran a chance to get back in the game, obliterating her with punches from back mount which caused the referee to jump in and halt the fight.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Aspen Ladd made light work of Tonya Evinger
McGregor vs Khabib live result: Scott Holtzman def Alan Patrick via KO (elbows) – Round 3, 3:42 – 1:27am
Scott Holtzman versus Alan Patrick provided one of the nastiest finishes of the year.
The stoppage came with a little over a minute of the third round left on the clock and with Holtzman in full mount position.
And after managing to create some distance for a split second, he unleashed three vicious elbows that rendered the charismatic Patrick unconscious.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Scott Holztman lands a big right hand on Alan Patrick
McGregor vs Khabib live – 1:17am
As you’re well aware of, McGregor’s last venture into the Octagon took place nearly two years ago in the main event of UFC 205.
That card saw the Irishman bring about the end of Eddie Alvarez’s reign as lightweight king with an emphatic second-round TKO victory, a triumph which saw him become the promotion’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion.
But will he be able to inflict a similar defeat on the undefeated Nurmagomedov? That question will be answered in a matter of hours.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Conor McGregor hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon in nearly two years
McGregor vs Khabib Live – 1:07am
The atmosphere is slowly but surely building at the T-Mobile, with fans entering in their droves.
Unsurprisingly, every time a McGregor promo comes on, the largely Irish crowd goes wild.
It won’t be long until they see their hero in action.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: UFC 229 took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
McGregor vs Khabib Live Result: Yana Kunitskaya def Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision 0:53am
A battle of Europe took place in the third fight of the evening, which featured Sweden’s Lina Lansberg and Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya
Both women were very evenly matched, but Kunitskaya edged the contest with her grappling.
Not only did the contest feature two of the best fighters in the women’s bantamweight division, it was a showdown of two women who recently fought women’s featherweight queen Cris Cyborg.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Yana Kunitskaya fends off a kick from Lina Lansberg
McGregor vs Khabib live result: Nik Lentz def Gray Maynard via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:19 – 0:20am
Former lightweight standout Gray Maynard made his return to the 155lbs division in the second fight of the evening, in which he took on UFC veteran Nick Lentz.
Lentz dominated from the outset, hurting the former title challenge with his overhand right.
And early in the third, he faked the punch and came over the top with a big head kick which felled the durable Maynard and closed the show with some well-placed ground-and-pound before the referee called a halt to proceedings.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Nik Lentz lands a solid shot on Gray Maynard
McGregor vs Khabib live result: Tony Martin def Ryan LaFlare via KO (head kick and punches) – Round 3, 1:05 – 11:50pm
Welterweight Ryan LaFlare and Tony Martin kicked things off at the T-Mobile, and the pair didn’t disappoint.
After a somewhat lackluster first round, the fight exploded into life midway through the second when Martin sent LaFlare crashing to the canvas.
La Flare managed to weather the storm and made it to the third round, though moment after the restart Martin finished him off with a vicious head kick and ground-and-pound.
McGregor vs Khabib Live: Tony Martin eats a teep kick from Ryan LaFlare
McGregor vs Khabib live – UFC 229 main event odds
Khabib Nurmagomedov win: 4/7
Conor McGregor to win: 11/8