It will be McGregor’s first bout in the UFC since 2016 following his mega bucks boxing match against Floyd Mayweather last year. His opponent Khabib is yet to taste defeat, however…
What UK time is McGregor vs Khabib tonight?
The fight – which is the main event of UFC 229 in Las Vegas – takes place tonight, October 6.
Depending on the length of the 12 undercard bouts, it is expected the contest will get underway from around 4am UK time.
The T-Mobile Arena in Sin City hosts the event. It is the same arena that McGregor lost to Mayweather in 2017.
What TV channel is McGregor vs Khabib on?
BT Sport 1 will be broadcasting the fight live, with the undercard kicking off at 1am.
- The main UFC 229 card starts on the channel from 3am.
- For BT TV customers, it will be on channel 408.
- Sky subscribers can catch all the action from £27.99 a month on channel 413.
- Meanwhile, on Virgin Media, you will be looking for channel 531 and can add the BT Sport package and much more for an extra £21 a month.
How can I live stream McGregor vs Khabib?
BT Sport subscribers can live stream the fight on their app and their website.
Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date on our dedicated SunSport LIVE BLOG.
What are their records?
The 30-year-old Khabib has an unbeaten MMA record of 26-0.
10 of his wins have come by decision, eight by knockout and eight by submission.
He first fought in the UFC in 2012, having signed a six fight contract the year before.
McGregor, also aged 30, has an MMA record of 21 wins and three losses from 24 fights.
All three of McGregor’s defeats have come by submission.
What belts are on the line?
Khabib’s UFC lightweight title will be up for grabs in Vegas.
McGregor was stripped of the 155lb title in April because of inactivity.
What is the full UFC 229 card?
Early Prelims (from 1am)
- Welterweight – Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin
- Lightweight – Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz
- Lightweight – Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick
- Bantamweight – Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya
- Bantamweight – Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger
- Flyweight – Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga
- Bantamweight – Sean O’Malley vs Jose Quinonez
Main card (from 3am)
- Strawweight – Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
- Heavyweight – Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov
- Light heavyweight – Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes
- Lightweight – Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis
- Lightweight – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor
Wally Downes, SunSport Boxing Correspondent
Conor McGregor seems to be using his old playbook in his bid to snatch his lightweight title back from Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday night.
In 2015 the Irish icon taunted and teased Jose Aldo to the point where the Brazilian raced across the ring in a desperate bid for revenge and was obliterated by a single punch – the fight lasted 13 seconds and McGregor became a superstar.
Khabib will not be so naïve, the 26-0 Russian wrestler is a pressure fighter and will not allow the rangy southpaw to box from distance, using his freakishly long arms.
Nurmagomedov insists his challenger has no stamina and will fold in the later rounds and we have seen a lack of gas hit The Notorious in bouts with Nate Diaz and Floyd Mayweather.
Michael Bisping told SunSport that Dublin’s great hope will be at his most dangerous inside the opening round and it is hard to disagree.
A points or late Khabib win looks the most likely outcome but that would mean Las Vegas and the UFC get their golden goose knocked off his perch.
Draws are hugely rare in the UFC and would usually need a point deduction or a 10-8 round.
But, as we have seen in boxing recently, strange things can happen when the biggest roller is in Sin City and a rematch can line plenty more pockets for everyone involved.
What are the odds?
- Conor MgGregor to win: 11/8
- Khabib Nurmagomedov to win: 4/7
What have they said?
McGregor: “He may have wrestled Dagestani bears but he has never wrestled a Irish gorilla and that’s what he’s about to face on Saturday night.
“I believe he’s slow, he’s flat footed, his striking is very average and I look to expose that.
Khabib [on how he sees the fight going]: “Maybe. Maybe decision. Maybe I’m gonna finish him. But all the time when he’s tired, he gives up. This is all the time. Like before fights, he talks like ‘I’m ready for this, I’m ready for this,’ when he fight with Diaz, when he fight with Mayweather. But when he’s tired he gives up all the time.”