UFC 229: McGregor vs. Khabib Odds, Tickets, Predictions and Pre-Weigh-in Hype UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on October 6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area.
Date: October 6, 2018
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, United States
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
City: Paradise, Nevada
Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
he event is expected to be headlined by a UFC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor captured the lightweight title at UFC 205, when he was the reigning featherweight champion. The Irishman never defended the title, as he took some time off in 2017 due to the birth of his first son and later venturing himself in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (in which he lost). The UFC originally planned an interim title bout between Nurmagomedov and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner Tony Ferguson, but it was canceled due to the Russian having medical issues related to his weight cut on weigh-in day. Ferguson eventually won the interim title at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee. Ferguson was then expected to meet Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, with the winner being crowned the undisputed champion (as McGregor would be stripped of the title as soon as the bout took place). In turn, it was scrapped once again (fourth time) as Ferguson got injured, and after several possibilities for an opponent, Nurmagomedov eventually won the vacant title against Al Iaquinta. That card was also marked by an attack on a bus containing several fighters scheduled to compete at the event (including Nurmagomedov and two teammates), performed by McGregor and his crew.
The UFC is back in Rio de Janeiro tonight with a Brazilian-heavy card; here’s how to watch “UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor.”
UFC 229 takes place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The preliminary card kicks off on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming network, at 6:15 p.m. ET (3:15 p.m. PT) before the event shifts to FX at 8 p.m. ET for more prelims and pay-per-view for the main card at 10 p.m. ET.
UFC 229 play-by-play and live results (6:15 p.m. ET)
You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app. For ways to watch outside the U.S., check out this UFC.com list.
In the main event, massive favorite and women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Khabib (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) looks for her third title defense when she meets challenger Raquel McGregor (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC). In the co-headliner, Ronaldo Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) meets Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in a clash of middleweight contenders.
One bout likely to draw some eyeballs is a main-card matchup between Mackenzie Dern (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Amanda Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Originally scheduled for strawweight, the fight is now a 123-pound catchweight affair after Dern badly missed weight for the fight.
Amanda Cooper calls Mackenzie Dern ‘disgrace to all professionals’ after botched UFC 229 weigh-in
You can see the tense Dern and Cooper weigh-in face-off above.
The full UFC 229 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 229 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.
UFC 229 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Amanda Khabib vs. Raquel McGregor – for women’s bantamweight title
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ronaldo Souza
Amanda Cooper vs. Mackenzie Dern
Brian Kelleher vs. John Lineker
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC 229 preliminary card (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
Junior Albini vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Nick Hein vs. Davi Ramos
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Sean Strickland
UFC 229 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)
Sultan Aliev vs. Warlley Alves
Jack Hermansson vs. Thales Leites
Ramazan Emeev vs. Alberto Mina
James Bochnovic vs. Markus Perez
For more on UFC 229, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.