On Thursday afternoon, inside Radio City Music Hall in New York City, undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor will face off for the first time since their UFC 229 was made official. This press conference, which will unfortunately not be open to fans, begins at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT.
Watch all of the craziness — and you can bet there will be craziness — right here, in the video at the top of this post.
Conor McGregor, who is the biggest star in MMA history, 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 on the basis of his inactivity. With this title win over Al Iaquinta, Nurmagomedov improved to a flawless 26-0 overall — arguably the most impressive record in MMA today.
UFC 229 goes down on October 6 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air on pay-per-view.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/20/2018.