Is McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov the biggest MMA fight ever?

Conor McGregor is back. After more than 20 months without an MMA fight, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 6 in Las Vegas. The Dagestan native, in possession of the lightweight belt, has won all 26 fights of his professional career.

Every McGregor bout is big deal. But this — against one of the most talented fighters in the sport’s history, someone the Irishman has legitimate beef with — feels different. Is it the biggest fight in MMA history? We asked our panel — MMA reporters Brett Okamoto and Ariel Helwani, MMA editor Jeff Wagenheim, SportsCenter host Phil Murphy and digital contributor Chamatkar Sandhu — for their takes.

Okamoto: I believe it is. I think it’s easy to forget how massive McGregor’s featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo was in 2015, because of how big the two Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez fights were in 2016 — but don’t forget that World Tour before McGregor, Aldo, and how enormous that was for his star power. That

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