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UFC 229 Props Set Stage for Khabib-McGregor Clash

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As the clock ticks down to one of the most highly anticipated fights in UFC history, Conor McGregor continues to lag on the UFC 229 odds as he prepares to battle Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday as a +130 underdog.

But while the focus of UFC fans will be fixed on the action in the octagon, there are no shortage of UFC 229 betting props available to add to the excitement of Saturday night’s matchup at T-Mobile Arena.

Known for strutting his billionaire walk prior to each of his fights, “The Notorious” is expected to make another grand entrance ahead of his bid to reclaim the UFC lightweight title, and is pegged as a -175 favorite to enjoy the longest walk out on Saturday night.

It has been almost two years since McGregor last competed in the octagon, posting a second-round victory over Eddie Alvarez as -170 chalk at UFC 203. However, “The Notorious” has kept busy during his absence. In addition to making his pro boxing debut with a 10th round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017, McGregor has also made his first foray into the liquor business.

The Dublin native has not been shy about promoting his Proper No.12 brand of Irish whiskey at every available opportunity, and sports attractive +125 odds on the UFC 229 prop bets of having a bottle of his malted libation in hand during his walk out to the octagon to settle his feud with Khabib.


Bad Blood Features on UFC 229 Betting Props

Bad blood has lingered since McGregor led a violent attack on Khabib’s bus prior to the 30-year-old’s Russian’s belt-winning victory over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. The incident led to criminal charges against “The Notorious”, which were later dropped as part of a plea deal. However, it remains to be seen whether an air of professionalism will prevail when the two fighters meet in the octagon, with -140 odds favoring them not to touch gloves ahead of the opening round.

Concerns also remain about the evening ending with a post-fight clash between members of McGregor’s and Khabib’s teams. “The Notorious” has a history of not backing down from any perceived challenge, and made headlines in November 2017 when he stormed the cage to congratulate fellow Irishman Charlie Ward following his knockout victory over John Redmond at Bellator 187 in Dublin.

McGregor’s antics led to a bout of pushing, shoving, and finger pointing with referee Marc Goddard, who had chastised the former two-division UFC champion for his disruptive ringside behavior a month earlier at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland. However, professionalism is expected to prevail at UFC 229, with the odds of no post-fight altercations taking place pegged at -500 on the UFC 229 props.

Things may not remain cordial for long if reigning UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier finds himself in the same room with former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Soon to be cleared to return to the octagon following a 15-month suspension, Jones has recently engaged in a war of words with Cormier on Twitter, raising the possibility of a third octagon meeting between the two UFC stars. However, Jones is pegged as a long +180 longshot of being captured by the cameras at UFC 229.


*Odds as of October 5, 2018

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