The primary occasion has light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his title for the primary time in opposition to former two-division titleholder Conor McGregor.
When MMA followers get two nice fights like this, there are actually loads of bets to be made. Let’s have a look.
Khabib vs. McGregor odds
As of October 3, On-line sportsbook. SBR has Nurmagomedov put in as the favourite. Nurmagomedov is available in at -165, that means you’d must wager $165 to win $100 and McGregor is +155, that means in case you guess $100, you’d web $155. The over/beneath on what number of rounds the primary occasion will go is ready at 2 1/2 with the previous initially coming in +118 and the latter at -133.
Proper now, Nurmagomedov (26-0) is probably the most dominant fighter within the UFC. You do not go undefeated in 26 fights with out having some sort of expertise. The secret for “The Eagle” is his grappling. As soon as he will get ahold of his opposition and drags them all the way down to the mat, Nurmagomedov latches onto his opponents like a boa constrictor and makes them endure to the purpose the place they do not wish to proceed.
McGregor (21-3) returns to the Octagon for the primary time since capturing the light-weight belt from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016. He did compete in a boxing match in August 2017, shedding by 10th-round TKO to Floyd Mayweather.
That is the traditional striker versus grappler matchup at its best and it’ll come to down who can implement their plan of assault first. If anybody expects Nurmagomedov to change into a world-class striker since he fought six months in the past at UFC 223 when he beat Al Iaquinta to win the title, suppose once more. McGregor will not change into an skilled grappler on the extent of Nurmagomedov, both.
Can they be competent sufficient of their weaknesses? The sensible cash can be on McGregor having the ability to defend a takedown and if he does go down, he has the power to get again to his toes. Sure, he did get taken down within the Chad Mendes bout at UFC 189, however he fought effectively off his again, engaged in a scramble off of an ill-advised submission try, received to his toes and blasted Mendes along with his potent left hand to win the struggle. Nurmagomedov has been wobbled by punches earlier than, most notably when he confronted Michael Johnson on the aforementioned UFC 205 and Iaquinta landed greater than he ought to have. Nurmagomedov survived these encounters however their Iaquinta nor Johnson are remotely near the Irishman within the hanging division. Merely put, McGregor is probably the most deadly striker in MMA and one shot may finish all of it, as evidenced by Jose Aldo taking a canvas nap in 13-seconds at UFC 194.
Nonetheless, McGregor not preventing in nearly two years is an even bigger issue than individuals are making it out to be. Cage rust may be very actual and McGregor is not identified to have the very best cardio within the Octagon. If Nurmagomedov can strain him and get him to the mat, the 30-year-old will make it a protracted evening for “The Infamous” one. There’s additionally the lingering issue that Nurmagomedov hasn’t confronted top-level competitors exterior of beating Rafael dos Anjos again in April of 2014. McGregor is comfy on this occasion setting and, whether or not anybody desires to confess it or not, being in a excessive stakes struggle comes with the problem of having the ability to deal with all the pieces across the occasion and preserving your feelings in verify. McGregor appeared to get within the Dagestani’s head through the UFC 229 press convention two weeks in the past.
When it comes all the way down to it, McGregor will defend his truthful of Nurmagomedov takedown makes an attempt to have the ability to hold the struggle on the toes and blast the champion along with his left hand and as soon as once more change into the 155-pound and on high of the UFC throne.
SN Choose: Conor McGregor and the over
Greatest odds: 5Dimes (+155) and (+118)