Khabib vs McGregor is more than ably backed up by another huge showdown in the same division between #2 contender Tony Ferguson and former champion Anthony Pettis.
Ferguson has been lined up to face Khabib on four separate occasions only for injury and illness to strike each time.
Like the Russian, he is on a ten-fight winning streak and will surely demand to face the winner of the main event if he can see off ‘Showtime’.
Elsewhere, up-and-coming light heavyweight Dominick Reyes puts his perfect 9-0 (6 KOs) record on the line against the experienced Ovince Saint-Preux, while fireworks seem assured when renowned heavyweight KO artists Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov collide.
The main card is completed by an intriguing clash between Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig in the hugely competitive women’s strawweight division.
UFC 229 is most certainly a family affair for the Pettis clan, with Anthony’s younger brother, Sergio, headlining the preliminary card in his flyweight battle with Jussier Formiga.
UFC 229 Main Card:
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs Conor McGregor – Lightweight
Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis – Lightweight
Ovince Saint-Preux vs Dominick Reyes – Light-heavyweight
Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov – Heavyweight
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig – Strawweight
UFC 229 Preliminary Card:
Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga – Flyweight
Vicente Luque vs Jalin Turner – Welterweight
Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger – Bantamweight
Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick – Lightweight