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McGregor v Nurmagomedov build-up – radio & text

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McGregor v Nurmagomedov build-up – radio & text
Khabib Nurmagomedov v Conor McGregor

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Summary

  1. Conor McGregor aims to reclaim the lightweight title in Las Vegas
  2. Listen to BBC Radio 5 live – McGregor fight at about 05:00
  3. Irishman was stripped of his title because of inactivity – last UFC fight was in 2016
  4. Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia unbeaten in 26 fights
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By Paul Battison

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  1. Live from Las Vegas

    OJ Borg, Dan Hardy and Nick Peet are in place as BBC Radio 5 live’s coverage of the big fight night starts.

    Producer Jack Davenport has been talking about the logistics of the operation in a blog for the BBC.

    “This is the third UFC fight that 5 live has covered, but as far as I’m aware it’s the first time commentating has ever been attempted on live radio in the UK,” he says.

    The BBC team in Las Vegas

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    Image caption: The BBC team in Las Vegas
  2. ‘The biggest fight in UFC history’

    The UFC’s tagline for tonight’s main event is ‘the world is watching’ and there is good reason for the big-fight hype.

    In Conor McGregor, it pits arguably MMA’s biggest star and one true global personality, against Khabib Nurmagomedov, a fighter who’s 26-0 and currently on the longest undefeated run in MMA.

    It’s not just a title fight either – it’s personal. Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s rivalry is a bitter one, which has sizzled for months (more on that later).

    Add to this an estimated record two million pay-per-view purchases in North America alone, and the scene is set for the biggest fight in UFC history.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor

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  3. Welcome to UFC 229

    We’ll be bringing you live text commentary tonight of Conor McGregor’s much-anticipated return to the UFC, where he takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event for the lightweight title.

    We’ll also have updates from the rest of the undercard in Las Vegas, including an eye-catching bout between Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis.

    We’re joining BBC Radio 5 live for the ride – they will be on air from the T-Mobile Arena and you can listen to coverage by clicking at the top if this page.

    Strap yourselves in…

    Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor

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  4. The return of the ‘king’

    It’s been 693 days since we last saw Conor McGregor fight in the UFC.

    In that time, he’s released his own brand of Irish whiskey…

    Conor McGregor and Dana White

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    Watched the World Cup final alongside Russian president Vladimir Putin…

    Conor McGregor and Vladimir Putin

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    Oh, and he went 10 rounds with one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Floyd Mayweather, in a superfight in Vegas…

    Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather

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    Tonight however, the self-proclaimed ‘king’ finally returns to the octagon.

    Have you missed him?

    Conor McGregor

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