If you’ve been itching for some promotion for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 229, you are in luck. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that the two main eventers will be heading to New York City for a pre-fight press conference that is sure to build some hype and momentum for one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
A press conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
It is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Along with the undefeated lightweight champion and the former two-division champ, UFC president Dana White will be on hand for the event. Unfortunately, it will be closed to the public, but fans will be able to watch the press conference live online via YouTube or UFC Fight Pass.
Conor McGregor last fought in the UFC on November 12, 2016, defeating Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC lightweight championship. At the time of his big win, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two different weight classes simultaneously; he was also the featherweight champion at the time.
Since that fight, McGregor was stripped of both belts, welcomed his first child to the world, and dabbled in the boxing world for a superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now, he is finally ready to step back into the cage to attempt to reclaim the title that he believes is still his.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, claimed the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 223 on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov scored a unanimous decision victory win over Al Iaquinta in the main event. Khabib was initially scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the title, but the bout fell through in the final days leading up to the event and Iaquinta stepped up on short notice.
UFC 229 takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC 229 main card will air on pay-per-view, with preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Along with the main event between Nurmagomedov and McGregor, other bouts currently scheduled include Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga in a battle of top flyweight contenders, former Invicta FC champion Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig, Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes, Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin, and Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya.