Through the 2018 calendar year, the UFC has struggled to put together a complete PPV event. While UFC 227 looked great on paper, it failed to impress a majority of fans. During a press conference in Los Angeles, President Dana White officially announced the superfight of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor.
The last time McGregor fought was back in November of 2016 in Madison Square Garden. The card consisted of Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson, as well as Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz. In result, the assumption is that the UFC is working on developing an elite undercard for UFC 229, keeping the standards surrounding “The Notorious” as high as ever.
Although some fights have already been confirmed, others may be in the works in the coming weeks. For instance, on Monday, it was announced that Sean O’Malley (10-0) is scheduled to face Jose Quinonez (8-2). This will be O’Malley’s first fight since his foot fracture at UFC 222. As for Quinonez, he holds four straight victories in the UFC, including one win via submission.
Another rumor surfacing includes the rumor of Kevin Lee (16-4) going against Anthony Pettis (21-7). Lee most recently defeated Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128 back in April. At UFC 226, Pettis defeated Michael Chiesa via second-round submission.
While neither fight has been confirmed or denied at this time by White, both bouts would draw in massive numbers. The buying rate of UFC 205 was set to roughly 1.6 million, and considering McGregor holds four of the top five PPV records, it’s safe to say that UFC 229 will not disappoint.
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