Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov battles #1 Conor McGregor in UFC 229’s main event on Saturday, October 6. The fight takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The undercard fights start at 7:00 pm ET. Currently Khabib is a -165 moneyline betting favorite to beat Conor who is listed at +145 odds to win.
Conor vs Khabib Odds & Betting Analysis UFC 229
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a 26-0-0 record. The Russian MMA fighter has knocked out 8 of his opponents, submitted another 8, and won his other 10 fights via decision. Conor McGregor has a 21-3 UFC record. McGregor’s won 18 of his matches via KO, one contest via submission, and two fights via decision.
What: UFC 229
Who: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Odds: Conor +145 vs. Khabib -165
Bet Khabib (-165) To Beat Conor Because…
Khabib’s an absolute beast. He doesn’t give his opponents time as soon as the first bell rings. Khabib’s on top of his opponents, throwing strikes, grabbing their legs, and trying to take the fight to the ground where he pounds his opponents into either tapping out or he knocks them out. Although Conor’s faced some great fighters, he’s never faced a fighter as ferocious as Khabib. Nurmagomedov’s going to jump all over Conor from the opening bell.
Bet on McGregor (+145) To Beat Khabib Because…
Conor McGregor’s been itching to get back into the Octagon. McGregor’s last fight was at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016. That’s a hugely long layoff for the most popular MMA fighter on the planet. While most fighters might suffer because of a long MMA layoff, McGregor could be helped by his MMA layoff.
Conor got a chance to box against one of the greats, Floyd Mayweather, last year. McGregor should have learned a lot about striking from that experience. He’ll bring what he learned into the Octagon versus Khabib on Saturday.
Conor vs Khabib Betting Analysis UFC 229
Khabib remains the favorite even though his style could work perfectly to Conor McGregor’s advantage. Khabib likes to charge in against his opponents. Often when Khabib charges in, his opponents fail to capitalize.
Conor won’t fail to capitalize. One of McGregor’s strengths is slightly taking a step back, setting his feet, and landing a massive blow. He’s done it in most of his fights.
If Khabib charges Conor, McGregor could take him out with a single punch because nobody sets their feet faster at UFC than Conor does. Even if Khabib changes tactics, he could be in trouble. Conor should use his length to pile up points.
Eventually, Khabib will get frustrated, charge in and that’s when Conor rocks him. Any which way I look at this fight, Conor McGregor comes out the winner.