UFC 229: McGregor v. Nurmagomedov Preview


By Michael McKay, Sports Editor

It has been over a year since UFC featherweight and lightweight champion fighter Conor “The Notorious” McGregor lost in a boxing match to undefeated boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather. The aggressive and talented fighter now has finally earned himself another headlining fight. This time around, McGregor will be squaring off in the 0ctagon against undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor was still in the headlines long after his loss against Mayweather.

Back in April of 2018, just prior to UFC 223, McGregor lashed out and threw barricades and chairs at a bus holding other fighters and media, including Nurmagomedov. Fighter Michael Chiesa‘s hand was broken after the objects came flying through the bus windows. At the time, it was very unclear if McGregor was going to be charged with the multiple laws he broke, or if he was even going to be able to fight again; however, McGregor made it out of the situation without needing to serve or pay repercussions.

The motive behind McGregor lashing out apparently started when his teammate Artem Lobov got into an altercation with Nurmagomedov in the hotel hallway, most likely because of all the trash-talk Nurmagomedov had been spewing all over social media. The attack from McGregor was apparently in defense of his fellow teammate.

Many people are ecstatic over UFC 229, as it is McGregor’s first fight since his loss to Mayweather. Not only that, but it is also against an undefeated fighter who is also well-known for their trash talk. West alum Aleksandar Stosovic is pumped up to see Nurmagomedov take McGregor down in the octagon for a myriad of reasons.

“Khabib’s ability to grapple his opponents to exhaustion is what led him to his undefeated 26-0 record. McGregor’s takedown defense is pathetic,” Stosovic said. “[Nurmagomedov] manages to be the humblest yet most intimidating fighter I’ve ever seen to compete in the UFC, which is why he’s my favorite,” Stosovic said. “He fears no one. Getting into the octagon with Conor McGregor is no walk in the park — but it’s hard to be threatened by another human when you’ve been wrestling bears since you were nine years old. I’m excited to see how it will turn out, but I think Khabib will show the world what he’s made of on October sixth.”

Though many wish to see McGregor get knocked out, others are hopeful that he can maintain his UFC Champion title and return to fighting in the octagon, rather than a ring. Junior Jake Shimanski is confident in McGregor’s abilities to beat out Nurmagomedov.

“I’d say McGregor is going to win the fight. Khabib may have more fights under his belt; however, McGregor has fought harder opponents, and that gives him an advantage,” Shimanski said. “Plus this will be his first time back in an octagon in well over a year. He’s going to be pumped up and excited to fight in UFC again.”

Senior Poom Pasapong is a fighter himself and loves watching UFC. He thinks it’s going to be a very well-rounded and fair match.

“Conor is a good fighter, and he was a great wrestler as a kid. He has a unique fighting style, and as a fighter myself, I try to take after him.” Pasapong said. “Khabib is also a good fighter though, and he wrestled bears. I can’t make a prediction yet. Both of these two fighters have a great chance of beating each other up.”

The fight is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 6, 11:00 P.M. Central time on pay-per-view.