Billed as the biggest UFC fight ever by UFC president Dana White, Conor McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon this weekend, nearly 2 years since his last UFC fight.
Since then, the Notorious lost to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring and has been stripped of his UFC Lightweight Championship title.
His return sees him get the chance to win that title back against the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib’s 26-0 record, having never lost a round, makes him the biggest, nastiest, tough guy out there right now for Conor to return to.
Adding fuel to the fire, the fight also comes after McGregor stormed a media day for UFC 223, attacking a bus that the Russian was on. As a result of the attack, McGregor himself admits there is a personal aspect to the fight and can’t wait to “turn him into bobblehead”.
With so much at stake, it is no wonder that this highly anticipated fight is trending towards a record-shattering 2.5 million pay-per-view purchases.
UFC 229 is taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Mayweather defeated McGregor in their boxing match.
The Preliminary Card will be broadcast on Fox Sports More (Ch. 507) from 11:00am AEDT.
The Main Card which includes 4 other fights will begin from 1:00pm AEDT. This can be purchased on Main Event for $54.95.
For those located in NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT & SA, daylight savings begins this Sunday, with clocks going forward one hour at 2:00am.
Before this week, Nurmagomedov - who is at $1.62 - was both the punters' pick and the bookies' favourite but as the fight draws closer, it is the Irishman that is proving more popular.
This week alone, 'Notorious’ has accounted for 69% of bets, substantially more than he accrued in the previous weeks.
It’s believed the wave of support is due to the press conference held between him and his Russian counterpart, with a flurry of bets being placed immediately afterwards and he is currently available at best price $2.35 with BetEasy.