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Khabib Favored Over McGregor on UFC 229 Odds

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Conor McGregor will be back in the octagon for the first time since 2016 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on October 6, but early betting lines for his return bout have him set as the underdog.

McGregor is the early +130 underdog on the UFC 229 odds against Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC Lightweight Champion. The Russian, undefeated in his UFC career, is pegged as the -160 betting favorite on the McGregor-Nurmagomedov UFC fight odds.

Nurmagomedov last fought at UFC 223 back in April, paying off as a heavy -700 betting favorite in a unanimous-decision win over Al Iaquinta. Nurmagomedov had originally been scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson that night, but a knee injury forced him out of the match. Max Holloway was announced as the replacement for Ferguson, but he was declared unfit and pulled from the card as well, with Iaquinta taking his spot.

The win over Iaquinta gave Nurmagomedov the Lightweight championship and a 26-0 record.

Nurmagomedov also picked up a unanimous-decision victory in his only fight in 2017, getting past Edson Barboza as a -360 betting favorite at UFC 219 in December. Nurmagomedov fought twice in 2016 as a big betting favorite both times, beating Michael Johnson by submission at UFC 205 as -325 chalk in November and knocking out Darrell Horcher in the second round as -900 chalk in a UFC Fight Night clash in April.

Over his MMA career, Nurmagomedov has eight wins by knockout, eight by submission, and 10 by decision as he looks to pay off on the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor odds this fall.


McGregor Last Saw UFC Action in November 2016

McGregor’s last UFC match came back in November 2016, when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round as a -160 betting favorite at UFC 205 to win the Lightweight championship. That made McGregor a two-division champion, as he had beaten Jose Aldo as a slim -110 underdog in a Featherweight championship unification bout at UFC 194 in December 2015. McGregor’s attention, though, then turned away from the UFC to boxing.

McGregor entered the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26, 2017 in a much-hyped fight that reportedly earned The Notorious over a $100,000,000 payout. Mayweather, though, came away with the victory, picking up a TKO in the 10th round of the event; that put Money’s overall professional boxing record at 50-0.

Since his boxing match, McGregor has been inactive, other than being charged by New York City police after an altercation on UFC 223 Media Day. That incident, however, didn’t sour McGregor’s relationship with UFC boss Dana White enough to stop a return to the octagon.

Overall, McGregor is 21-3 in his mixed martial arts career, with his most recent defeat coming at UFC 196 in March 2016 against Nate Diaz by second-round submission as a -475 betting favorite. McGregor, though, managed to beat Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202 in August 2016 in a majority-decision victory as a smaller -135 betting favorite. Prior to that, McGregor hadn’t lost since November 2010 in a Cage Warriors match against Joseph Duffy, and he also took a defeat back in June 2008 in a Cage of Truth bout against Artemij Sitenkov.


*Odds as of August 8, 2018

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