The first episode of UFC 229 Embedded is here, and it’s just as interesting as you’d expect.
In this debut episode of the UFC’s fantastic series, we see UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wrap up his training at American Kickboxing Academy in California and head to Las Vegas, while the former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor makes his final preparations at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. The episode also features a brief window into the training camps of UFC 229 co-main event fighters Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis.
Conor McGregor has not competed since August of 2017, when he came up short in a headline-dominating boxing match with undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. His most recent MMA bout occurred in November of 2016, when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to capture the UFC lightweight title. Because he still held the UFC featherweight title he swiped from Jose Aldo at the time, this made him the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently. He’s 21-3 overall.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s last fight occurred in April, when he captured the UFC lightweight title with a decision defeat of last-minute replacement opponent Al Iaquinta. The title was quietly stripped from the long absent Conor McGregor on the same night. With this title win over Al Iaquinta, Nurmagomedov improved to a flawless 26-0 overall — one of the most impressive records in MMA.
Who do you think wins in the UFC 229 main and co-main events?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/1/2018.