UFC 229 Betting Preview: Khabib vs. McGregor
The biggest fight in UFC betting online history is upon us as UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor is set to take place this weekend. It seems the fight arrived faster than others, since there wasn’t as much promotion as say the May-Mac fight. However, given the magnitude of this event, literally zero promotion was needed. In fact, there won’t be any shortage of sportsbook players lining in front of their TVs this weekend to watch this enthralling fight go down. So, given each fighter’s styles, what type of bout are the legal MMA betting odds predicting for this weekend’s UFC 229 betting action?
UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor – Saturday, October 6th
When: Main Card: 10 pm ET || Prelims: 8 pm ET || Early Prelims: 6:15 pm ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: Main Card: PPV || Prelims: FS1 || Early Prelims: UFC Fight Pass
Stream: UFC TV, Fox Sports Go (Prelims)
— UFC (@ufc) October 1, 2018
Main Card & UFC 229 Betting Odds
Without a doubt, this is the most gargantuan fight the UFC has put together, and it’s all thanks to Conor McGregor. McGregor joined the UFC relatively unknown. But in a short amount of time, the Irishman made good on his promise and took over the UFC. But once McGregor did in fact take over, things quickly took a turn for the wild. Instead of defending his featherweight championship, which he won over Jose Aldo is fantastic fashion, McGregor elected to fight Nate Diaz at welterweight. Granted, the move was ignited by Diaz, who called McGregor out after winning a fight. And even though the Diaz fight became titanic in its own right, there were crowds of fans who were left dissatisfied. After all, we wanted to see McGregor defend his belt – especially against a wrestler. But in the end, that never materialized.
So instead of defending his belt, McGregor went on to lose his first UFC fight against Diaz. And even though he went on to redeem himself the following bout, it ultimately ended up costing him his featherweight belt. Although he wasn’t stripped immediately following the Diaz fight, McGregor would be stripped the very next bout. That bout ended up being a UFC Lightweight Championship fight against then champion Eddie Alvarez. Although Alvarez talked a big talk, McGregor used his superior striking to win himself his second UFC title. In doing so, McGregor became the 1st person in UFC history to wield two divisional belts. However, he also avoided facing that wrestler everyone wanted to see him face. And instead of defending either of his belts, McGregor elected to make himself more money in the world of boxing.
The Irishman’s Notoriety Grows
After becoming a UFC dual-champion, McGregor decided that he had done all he needed in the UFC. And in some way, he deserved to go and do something for himself. McGregor had made good on his promise of beating Aldo, avenging the Diaz fight and winning two-belts. However, in order to be the GOAT, we needed to see him stick around a little longer. Instead, McGregor ended up picking a fight against Mayweather. And in doing so, he got himself a bigger paycheck than anyone in the UFC could ever have dreamt of. However, one could say that McGregor also made himself a bigger fool than anyone in the UFC could ever had.
You see, McGregor fully believed he would beat Floyd Mayweather in boxing. And although he put forth a respectable performance, it wasn’t enough to back up all the trash he had said during the pressers. In front of the whole world, McGregor teased and taunted the greatest boxer to ever live. On top of that, the Irishman promised that he would end Mayweather’s undefeated streak. But after throwing taunt after taunt, McGregor ended up gassing in the boxing ring and got knocked out by Floyd. Now, returning a little over a year after that bout’s resolution, there’s a feeling that McGregor is coming back like a dog with his tail between his legs. The only problem is that McGregor doesn’t feel that way.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
McGregor now looks to make his return by facing arguably the greatest wrestler the UFC has ever seen. There’s a bit of grace in this matchup; a silver lining from destiny. See McGregor’s striking is unparalleled in the UFC, but his wrestling is inarguably his biggest weakness. Ultimately we all wanted to see McGregor go up against a top-level wrestler. Chad Mendes was really the only wrestler McGregor faced, other than Alvarez. Unfortunately, Mendes only had a week to prepare for McGregor and in the end, was ill-suited to face that high level of a striker on such short notice. This is what makes this fight so intriguing: the unknown.
Sure, there’s a ton of drama surrounding this event. You could write another thousand words on the debacle between Artem Lobov, Nurmagomedov, McGregor, Ali Abdelaziz, a handful of UFC fighters and even Vladimir Putin. And while that drama is great for promoters looking to sell this fight, you don’t actually have to sell this fight to longtime MMA fans. We all want to know how McGregor handles a top-level wrestler. In the UFC, you won’t find a better wrestler than Khabib. However, Khabib’s standup isn’t all that great and is certainly susceptible to being laid out by McGregor. In the end, it’s this volatility that makes this bout so intriguing. Khabib might not have the notoriety that the Irishman brings to the table, but he still has an amazing story behind him. This is a tough fight to predict but the lucrative mobile betting
Prelims & UFC 229 Betting Odds
|Jose Quinones||2½ (-175) +250||Sean OMalley||2½ (+155) -300|
|Jussier Formiga||2½ (-335) +135||Sergio Pettis||2½ (+275) -155|
|Vicente Luque||TBP||Jalin Turner||TBP|
|Tonya Evinger||2½ (-245) +140||Aspen Ladd||2½ (+205) -160|