UFC 229 Betting Tips & Preview: Betting Odds, Fight Date & Where to watch in the UK
Two months ago UFC’s president Dana White announced the long awaited lightweight title fight between current undefeated UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and MMA’s star athlete Conor McGregor. Flash forward eight weeks and we’re only three days away from the UFC’s most anticipated and biggest ever event. As a UFC fan, this is the title fight we have all been waiting for and with all the bad blood between the two fighter’s camps only adds fuel to the spectacle. The build-up to the event from a PR perspective has been a dream: Khabib corners one of McGregor’s best friends, McGregor jumps on a plane to New York with a group of friends and ends up throwing a dolly through the window of Khabib’s bus. This weekend once the cage closes both fighters can get their hands on each other for revenge. What makes this fight even more intriguing is the clash of two styles; Khabib the un-relentless Dagestani grappler against one of the finest strikers to ever grace the octagon in Conor McGregor.
The fight on Sunday morning for UK fans will be worth staying up into to early hours for. It has everything in the making to be a fight for the ages. Khabib has an untarnished record so far in his MMA career with 26 fights and 0 losses (never lost A SINGLE ROUND in the UFC)! This is a crazy record for a modern day fighter and it explains why he goes into this fight full of confidence. His high-level grappling and strength has worn down every fighter he has faced, often mauling his opponent to the point of exhaustion (most noticeable against Edson Barboza). Khabib has trained his grappling, from a sambo background, with his father from a very young age and has mastered this skill unlike any current UFC fighter (only GSP comes close to this level of grappling). This is a big worry for McGregor as he’s not known for his grappling and all three defeats in his career have come from submissions. What must be said is that one of McGregor’s previous opponents, José Aldo, was an undefeated champion for 10 years. The mental mind-games of the Irish fighter caused Aldo to come out flying and getting famously knocked out cold within 13 seconds of the first round. From listening to some of Khabib’s interviews it seems like he has been able to get into the Russian’s head at times, although we won’t know that for sure until after the fight.
McGregor comes from a two year lay off after his title victory of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden, which famously made him the first double champ in UFC history. He did have a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather 13 months ago, arguably one of the finest boxers in history, which made many to believe his days in MMA were over. What we know for sure is that McGregor loves the spotlight and has nerves of steel in the cage. He won’t be fazed one bit on Sunday morning when he enters the cage against the unbeaten Russian. We wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out with a roundhouse kick just to show that he’s not afraid of his opponent. What we can be sure of is that his preparation will have been 110% for this fight and has had a full year to prepare his game plan. His striking will only have improved from competing against one of the best defensive boxers in the world (he landed more shots than any opponent previously). McGregor has also faced much tougher opponents than Khabib has in his UFC career so far (Alvarez, Holloway, Poirier, Diaz, Mendes, Aldo).
Betting Odds & Prediction
Every fight starts standing up which gives McGregor the immediate advantage. Khabib’s stand-up and boxing skills are very basic and fighters have been able to hit him in the past, most notably in the Michael Johnson fight. Johnson is nowhere near the level of McGregor and if the Irish man is able to land early in the fight it might make Khabib cautious in his approach. What we do know is how Khabib will want this fight to go which is go for the takedown and tire his opponent. McGregor has shown a weakness in his cardio previously and was taken down easily by Chad Mendes. However, it is worth admitting that he had a torn ACL in the lead up to that fight. Conor will be less predictable in his game plan and has a wider set of tools available to him. Khabib is very basic on his feet and does not move his head nor is he one of the fastest fighters on the roster, which makes him an easy target for that powerful left hand. It could also well be that Khabib runs into a knee or uppercut when shooting for the takedown and from looking at the open workouts on Wednesday this seems like something they have trained on.
This fight could easily go either way and that’s what makes this such an interesting title bout. We’re not going to sit on the fence and have picked McGregor to win, especially at the odds currently available (13/10). Conor has the immediate advantage with the fight starting standing up each round, which allows him to exploit Khabib’s weaknesses first. Our other picks are McGregor by TKO (15/8) and for some juicier odds we have gone for McGregor in round 2 (8/1). Let us know your prediction on social media! Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website as we will have all the best UK betting offers from online bookmakers.
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Where to watch UFC 229 in the UK
For UK viewers the fight is available on BT Sports (Subscription only) – Main event card starts 2PM, title fight is schedule to start around 4PM dependent on the duration of other fights.