UFC 229: No pre-fight presser faceoff as Khabib leaves, McGregor runs late

UFC 220: Khabib vs. McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Conor McGregor in defense of his lightweight title this coming Sunday October 7 (AWST). The contest headlines UFC 229 which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The first press conference in attendance of both fighters was held late last month in New York. The second, pre-fight presser took place in the city-host today.

It started with the announcement by UFC President Dana White, who advised the audience that the former two-division titleholder Conor McGregor was coming late.

“Conor is not here yet, said Dana White. “Khabib said he is not going to wait. He want’s to start press conference without him.”

The defending lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke to media, and left approximately fifteen minutes after the start.

“The Notorious” was late almost half an hour. As a result, no “faceoff” happened at the pre-fight press conference.

The Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor lightweight championship bout is dubbed “the biggest fight in UFC history”. The official weigh-in ceremony is held a day before the event. The full fight card can be found below.

UFC 229 fight card

Main Card
Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
Lightweight Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
Women’s Strawweight Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig

Preliminary Card
Flyweight Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
Welterweight Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner
Women’s Bantamweight Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
Lightweight Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick

Early Prelims
Women’s Bantamweight Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Lightweight Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
Welterweight Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former National champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. Iskenderov is also the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) international coordinator for Australia.

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