Return of the Mac: Conor McGregor returns to the cage at UFC 229 this Saturday night on PPV

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor of Ireland fights Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s been almost two years since former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3) stepped into the octagon. And just over one year since his blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. This Saturday night at UFC 229, McGregor will make his return to the octagon to take on current champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) in the main event.

And even though he’s been away from the sport for a little bit, McGregor still managed to put himself front and center this year leading up to this fight. His public meltdown back in April at the Barclays Center where he threw a hand dolly at the window of a bus with Nurmagomedov aboard got him stripped of his title, a fine and community service. Small potatoes, no pun intended, when compared to the hype it generated for their fight this weekend.

So how will all that play a part for his fight against Nurmagomedov on Saturday night? As we have seen in the past, one of McGregor’s main tools is to get in the heads of his opponents leading up to the fight. And as we could see that as the press conference, Nurmagomedov was annoyed but he didn’t seem to be too bothered by McGregor’s antics, even when he was targeting people in his camp. And skill-wise, this couldn’t be a more grappler vs. striker match up as Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant ground and pounders in the sport which will be put to the test by McGregor’s left hand, the same one that surprisingly stopped Eddie Alvarez at the end of 2016, which was also where McGregor won the lightweight title and was the last time he was in the cage.

Having recently signed an eight fight contract with the UFC, some wonder if McGregor will actually fulfill all of those fights before sailing off into the sunset. What is known for sure, is whether its inside the cage or out, all eyes will be on Conor McGregor this Saturday night to see if he can take back the title that he embarrassingly lost this past summer or watch the light that once shone so brightly for him begin to fizzle out.

Conor McGregor will face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title this Saturday night at UFC 229: McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas, NV LIVE and only on PPV. 10PM ET/7PM PT.

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