Conor McGregor faces Khabib Nurmagomedov as the main event at UFC 229 in October. It is a clash of two world class fighters, but only one of them, Khabib, has an unbeaten record, with 26 fights and 26 wins. It will be interesting to see if McGregor can battle back with a win.
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Conor McGregor is an Irish Mixed Martial Artist and UFC Fighter. He is known as “The Notorious”, the 30-year-old has 24 fights to his name in his career, before taking on Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October. McGregor has won 21 of his bouts, losing three and drawing none. He is a lightweight fighter, one who relies more on his speed than his physique; he starts at 175cm tall and weighs 70kg. He has been an active fighter since 2008 and has taken part in a number of different forms of combat, including Boxing, when he lost his only fight to Floyd Mayweather in 2017. In terms of honours, he has won the UFC Featherweight Championship and the Lightweight Championship.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Russian Mixed Martial Artist and unbeaten UFC Fighter, faces Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in October. Khabib is one year younger than McGregor but three centimetresn taller at 178cm, but they are the same weight at 70kg. While this fight may come down to who is quicker off the mark, his extra reach could prove vital. In his 26 fights, he has never lost, winning six by knockout, six by submission and 10 by decision. He is the current UFC Lightweight Champion, and he holds the record for the most takedowns in UFC, with 27 attempts in three rounds against Abel Trujillo.
There are a number of different markets worth betting on when it comes to McGregot vs Khabib, including the mode of victory. Will it be on a decision? Khabib has never won with anything less than a knockout, but this could be one of the toughest fights of his career, so there could be some real value in that either way. Knockout, technical knockout and submission are also possible ways of winning that could create lucrative markets. There will be even more markets available closer to the fight in October, but they are already hotting up.
You can also look at what round the fight will be decided in, and which fighter will win in which round, with different odds for the likelihood of it happening. There is an option to bet on whether there will be a Time Out in the fight, yes or no, whether there will be a points deduction, and whether the fight will go the distance. You cannot miss these great opportunities to win big on one of the biggest fights in UFC for a long time!
As it stands, due to his stunning fighting record, Khabib is the current favourite for this bout. To win in any form, the Russian is odds on at 8/13, while McGregor can be found at 5/4. If you fancy either to win by knockout, Khabib is at 4/1, while McGregor is 17/10, showing just how how dominant the corner has been as I’d expected to be in this fight. The draw, which is incredibly unlikely, can be found at 22/1. A points win for Khabib is also 4/1, while McGregor is at 13/1.
To watch the fight, you will need to subscribe to BT Sport in the UK, though it is not yet clear which of their channels they will be screening it on. From next year, UFC will be live on the streaming service, Eleven Sports, but this is the final time BT will house Mixed Martial Arts combat in that form. The event may also be steamed on the FOX Sports Go app, but British audiences will have to watch on the TV with BT Sport, or on their website.
McGregor is widely known as one of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists in the world and he reached worldwide fame when he fought Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in the ring back in 2017. He lost, but earned a lot of money and has since returned to the cage and continued to shine in a more physical form of combat. McGregor has fought 24 times in his career, winning 21 by knockout and three on points, but his unbeaten record will come under severe pressure from Khabib, who has really impressed across the span of his career, winning all 26 of his fights by knockout.
These bouts are tough to call, but Khabib’s record is phenomenal, and McGregor is still finding his feet back under MMA rules. He also has the slight height advantage, which will also give him more confidence, because that means he’ll have the better reach. But McGregor’s speed will cause the Russian problems. But Khabib is at 21/20 with Betfair to win KO, TKO or Submission, which seems like good value to us.
Below are some posts relating to the fight…
Dana White confirms McGregor vs Khabib pressers. pic.twitter.com/8T5jPbeZBT— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) September 9, 2018
How does @eddiebravo see Conor-Khabib going if Nurmagomedov gets McGregor down? Not good. But Bravo says that only @tonyfergusonXT has the ground game to beat Khabib. Watch #TheMMAHour here: https://t.co/LYgJN5cVpr #UFC229 pic.twitter.com/13kcBTXwMl— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 11, 2018
Unsurprisingly, sparks flew when the two fighters came together for their press conference recently. McGregor prides himself on being loud and brash in front of the press as well as in the ring, so he was often shouting over his opponent and insulting him. Khabib, while replying, seemed to keep his cool, with his head coach Javier Mendez claiming he was not rattled.
“I said, ‘Look, he’s gonna play with you, he’s gonna hit every button, he’s gonna hit religion, politics, family. You can’t let it affect you,’” Mendez said earlier this week. “That’s [McGregor’s] game, that’s what he does, and he’s a master at that — I wish he wouldn’t do it, but that’s who he is.”