Watching the UFC 229 weigh-ins last night was an entertaining hour….
The card, although not top-to-bottom with superstars, is led by the two most popular lightweights in the division right now. Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger/former champion Conor McGregor clashed again last night.
During a manic week for the world’s largest MMA promotion, the hype behind UFC 229 has reached fever pitch. With fight day finally upon us, we are left with the drama in the rear view and just hours away the octagon door will close. Finally, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will actually fight.
They did, however, come pretty close to a scrap at the UFC 229 weigh-ins last night (Friday, October 5, 2018). Fans in Las Vegas, Nevada roared as McGregor came on stage, ready for his trademark antics, no doubt. Antics were evidently on full show, as McGregor squared up to ‘The Eagle.’
Remaining typically cold in demeanor, Khabib simply stared down the Irishman. Never satisfied with a quiet weigh-in, McGregor slapped Khabib’s hands and then went for a crazy kick.
McGregor’s UFC 229 Weigh-Ins Kick Was Recorded By Bruce Buffer (Video Below)
One part of the above picture that tickled many fans was the smirk on Bruce Buffer’s face. The longtime UFC octagon announcer smiled as he recorded the mayhem, far from the grimace of fear/excitement on Dana White’s face. McGregor’s theatrics soon went viral online.
Although he didn’t connect with the kick, it was clearly a very funny moment. Among UFC weigh-ins, McGregor’s rank among the top for unpredictability.
As mentioned, Buffer caught a pretty decent angle of the action as it happened last night. Here’s the view:
UFC 229 Fight Card
UFC 229 PPV Main Event:
155 lbs.: UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
UFC 229 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
115 lbs.: Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
UFC 229 FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis
170 lbs.: Vincente Luque vs. Jalin Turner
135 lbs.: Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
155 lbs.: Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick
UFC 229 Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lina Lansberg
155 lbs.: Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
170 lbs.: Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin