UFC 229 will be held on October 6, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area.
The event is headlined by a UFC Lightweight Championship, featuring the undefeated current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor captured the lightweight title at UFC 205 when he was the reigning featherweight champion. McGregor never defended the title, as he took some time off in 2017 due to the birth of his first son and later venturing himself in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (which he unfortunately lost).
The UFC originally planned an interim title bout between Nurmagomedov and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner Tony Ferguson, but it was canceled due to Khabib having medical issues related to his weight cut on weigh-in day.
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Ferguson eventually won the interim title at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee. Ferguson was then expected to meet Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, with the winner being crowned the undisputed champion (as McGregor would be stripped of the title as soon as the bout took place). In turn, it was scrapped once again (fourth time) as Ferguson got injured, and after several possibilities for an opponent, Nurmagomedov eventually won the vacant title. So, what a ride it was! That event was also marked by an attack on a bus containing several fighters scheduled to compete at the event (including Nurmagomedov and two teammates), performed by McGregor and his crew.
Following these events, Sean O’Malley was pulled from a bout against José Alberto Quiñónez due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Promotion officials have not confirmed if Quiñónez would remain on the card against a replacement or rescheduled for a separate event.
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