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UFC 229: Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor
UFC 229 - Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card airs live on pay-per-view starting 10 pm ET following the FS1 prelims.
It’s really happening: Conor McGregor is coming back to the octagon to meet undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. Many are expecting it to be the biggest fight in UFC history. Considering the circumstances, we’d be shocked if it didn’t break the pay-per-view buys record for the promotion.
McGregor has already transcended MMA, becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world - regardless of sport. After a still-can’t-believe-it-happened boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, “The Notorious” is coming back for the belt he never actually lost. He’ll just have to snatch it from one of the most terrifying fighters in the world today.
Nurmagomedov’s 26-0 record is crazy, but consider that he’s arguably never lost a round. That simply doesn’t happen in modern MMA anymore. This is a guy that tortures opponents as easily as an older brother does to a helpless younger sibling. There’s a reason why the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu opened with him as the favorite.
Dana White knows that he doesn’t need to stack this card - there’s no sense in loading up when the main event alone guarantees a huge windfall. So it’s understandable that the rest of the night is filled with fights that are just so-so. Still, there are some fights worth watching.
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis is here, ready to fire up the crowd with his free-swinging ways against Alexander Volkov. We’ve also got Sergio Pettis in a contender matchup against Jussier Formiga. A women’s strawweight scrap between Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig should be a lot of fun.
Take a look at some of the fights below, and log into the sportsbook to see the lines for every fight on the card. Make sure to check in during fight week for in-depth betting previews. We’ve got UFC odds from BookMaker.eu if they’ve been released.
UFC 229 Lineup (Subject to Change)
Main Event, Lightweight Championship - Khabib Nurmagomedov -180 vs. Conor McGregor +150
Heavyweight - Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
Flyweight - Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
Light Heavyweight - Ovince St. Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
Women’s Strawweight - Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
Lightweight - Sean O’Malley vs. Jose Quinonez
Women’s Bantamweight - Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Welterweight - Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
UFC 229 Betting Lines, Predictions and Picks
McGregor will once and for all answer the question of how he’ll fare against an elite wrestler. Chad Mendes on two weeks notice doesn’t provide the answer. When it comes to the standup, McGregor is arguably without peer, but Khabib’s relentless, violent grappling is something out of a horror movie.
Still, there’s a reason why Conor’s not a bigger underdog - his left hand is special, as is his movement inside the cage. When he touches you with it, you go down. It’s almost eerie to see how easily Conor can put people on the mat with what looks like a casual left cross. Khabib’s gotten tagged before, but not by somebody who hits like Conor.
Alexander Volkov has quietly positioned himself as a title contender, but with Daniel Cormier tied up for the time being he’ll have to earn his shot the old-fashioned way - by piling up wins. Derrick Lewis might not have the prettiest style, but his toughness, power and heart is a big test for any big man trying to vie for the title.
Dominic Reyes is an undefeated light heavyweight prospect, which is something of a rarity in the division. The former NFL hopeful meets Ovince St. Preux in a matchup that could announce his arrival as a legitimate contender at 205. OSP himself is a former collegiate football player, so the level of athleticism here is off the charts. Side note: Reyes has finished all three of his UFC opponents inside a round.
Another undefeated prospect, Sean O’Malley, returns for a bantamweight scrap against a tough Jose Quinonez. O’Malley might be better known for his wild social media presence, but this is a kid who can bang.
Stay Tuned for Fight Odds and Updates
Make sure to check the fight odds at BookMaker.eu for all your available betting options. For pay-per-view cards, odds usually release early for the bigger fights. In fact, you can bet on some fight odds right now. Odds for the entire card are generally available on Monday of fight week.
And during fight week, keep an eye out for our in-depth betting guides that we post during that time as well! You’ll find detailed analyses for fights, common sense betting picks and underdog specials to help you win some cash before the night’s over.
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