Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov: things you need to know


Mar 23, 2018
Nurmagomedov will be McGregor's first UFC opponent since November 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight belt to his featherweight title.

He was later stripped of both titles because of inactivity, with Nurmagomedov installed as lightweight champion earlier this year.

The Russian has won all 26 of his fights, eight of which came by KO and eight by submission.

McGregor, meanwhile, has 21 wins from 24 fights, with 18 by KO, and has three defeats to his name.

And more than two million people in North America alone are expected to pay upwards of $70 (£54) to watch this weekend's contest, smashing the previous record, set at UFC 202 in August 2016 when McGregor's rematch against Nate Diaz drew 1.65m pay-per-view buys.

"It's a tasty, tasty, record-breaking deal," McGregor told the Ariel Helwani MMA Show.

"It's give or take [nine figures]. The Mayweather fight was nine figures but we're almost there, it's a good, solid eight figures."

Nurmagomedov is defending his UFC lightweight title - the belt 'The Notorious' once held.

At Thursday's news conference, Nurmagomedov described himself as "the Floyd Mayweather of MMA".

The fight will once again bring the world of UFC and MMA to the forefront of the sports world, and pretty much everybody is going to be talking about it.
McGregor's return isn't the only headline news from the evening; a second main event sees Tony Ferguson lock horns with former lightweight king Anthony Pettis.

The winner of that fight could potentially face the victor from the McGregor/Nurmagomedov clash - so keep your eyes peeled for what could be the main event on the next big fight night.