CONOR McGREGOR is back in the Octagon this weekend when he takes on Khabib Nurmagedov.
The fight will be McGregor’s first in the UFC since he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016 – and standing across the cage from is the fearsome unbeaten Russian Khabib.
Conor McGregor prepares for his huge upcoming test against Khabib NurmagomedovGetty – Contributor
When is Khabib vs McGregor and what time does fight start?
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor takes place in the main event of the UFC 229 card this Saturday night, October 6, or the early hours of Sunday, October 7 UK time.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosts the fight.
McGregor’s boxing bout against Mayweather last year also took place in the same Vegas arena.
As usual with the big fights across the pond, it is expected the bout will get underway at around 4am UK time at the earliest.
What TV channel is Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor on?
BT Sport 1 are broadcasting the fight.
The channel will show the prelims from 1am to 3am.
Then from 3am the main card gets underway from Las Vegas.
How can I live stream Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor?
The fight can be live streamed for BT Sport subscribers.
The card is available live on their app and official website.
Alternatively follow all of the action with SunSport’s live blog right here.
Fight prediction
Wally Downes, SunSport Boxing Correspondent
CONOR MCGREGOR seems to be using his old playbook in his bid to snatch his lightweight title back from Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday night.
In 2015 the Irish icon taunted and teased Jose Aldo to the point where the Brazilian raced across the ring in a desperate bid for revenge and was obliterated by a single punch – the fight lasted 13 seconds and McGregor became a superstar.
Khabib will not be so naïve, the 26-0 Russian wrestler is a pressure fighter and will not allow the rangy southpaw to box from distance, using his freakishly long arms.
Nurmagomedov insists his challenger has no stamina and will fold in the later rounds and we have seen a lack of gas hit The Notorious in bouts with Nate Diaz and Floyd Mayweather.
Michael Bisping told SunSport that Dublin’s great hope will be at his most dangerous inside the opening round and it is hard to disagree.
Conor has only gone three or more rounds twice in his career, the 2013 points win over Max Holloway was 15 minutes and the 2016 title rematch win over Diaz went the full 25.
But those two foes are strikers who allow time to breathe between attacks whereas Khabib is a pitbull who will never give the 30-year-old two-weight champ a second’s rest.
Khabib is so intent on humbling the whiskey-selling Crumlin king that he has vowed to ignore any early submission opportunities so he can prolong the pain.
The Dagestan hero has done 28 rounds in his ten UFC fights and has never lost a single one of them, he thrives on constant dominance and manhandling his rivals.
A points or late Khabib win looks the most likely outcome but that would mean Las Vegas and the UFC get their golden goose knocked off his perch.
Draws are hugely rare in the UFC and would usually need a point deduction or a 10-8 round.
But, as we have seen in boxing recently, strange things can happen when the biggest roller is in Sin City and a rematch can line plenty more pockets for everyone involved.
Who else is on the UFC 229 undercard?
Early Prelims
Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin (welterweight)
Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz (lightweight)
Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick (lightweight)
Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya (bantamweight)
FS1 Prelims
Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger (bantamweight)
Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga (flyweight)
Sean O’Malley vs Jose Quinonez (bantamweight)
Main card
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig (strawweight)
Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov (heavyweight)
Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes (light heavyweight)
Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis (lightweight)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor (lightweight)

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What are the latest odds and how are the public betting?

According to research by betting information experts bookmakers.tv, nearly 57% of the betting public believe The Notorious will beat undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lightweight title fight – despite all odds seemingly suggesting the opposite result.
56.8% of the bets for Conor McGregor
43.2% of the bets for Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor MgGregor to win: 11/8
Khabib Nurmagomedov to win: 4/7