UFC 229: Nurmagomedov v McGregor Preview & Betting Tips
Could this be the biggest fight in UFC history?
It’s arguably the biggest fight in UFC history and it will all come to a head on Sunday at UFC 229 in Las Vegas when Khabib Nurmagomedov takes on Conor McGregor.
The anger and hatred between these two men is on a level of its own. UFC President Dana White says the animosity and the bad blood between the two fighters is like nothing he has ever seen before.
While it is clearly the main event on the card, the other fight between Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis gives us something to bet on prior to the big one.
3 KEY POINTS
- Of McGregor’s 21 MMA victories, 18 of those have come by way of Knockout
- Nurmagomedov is ranked 3rd for Takedowns Landed in the Lightweight division (47)
- Of McGregor’s nine victories in the UFC, only two of those have gone the distance
Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0-0) vs. Conor McGregor (21-3-0) – Lightweight Title fight
- Nurmagomedov, the current Lightweight Champion, has a flawless MMA record of 26-0. He doesn’t just win fights, he mauls his opponents and is relentless inside the cage. Nurmagomedov has beaten some of the toughest opponents in the 155-pound division such as the likes of Thiago Tavares, Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta and many more. His wrestling and ground game are second to none.
Although Nurmagomedov is yet to be defeated, he has never come up against someone like Conor McGregor.
The Irishman is one of the most accurate and creative strikers in the sport and his knockout power is undeniable. McGregor has KO victories over long-standing Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Siver Chad Mendes and Eddie Alvarez. McGregor will be hoping to add Nurmagomedov to that impressive list come Sunday.
McGregor is one of the best-known fighters on the planet and although Khabib has the gold around his waist, we think it will be the Irishman that will retain the title in a points decision.
Tip: Conor McGregor by decision
Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) vs. Anthony Pettis (21-7-0)
- It has been a year since we last saw Ferguson inside the UFC octagon. He was originally scheduled to fight Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 back in April, however, a serious knee injury put Ferguson on the sideline once again. Nonetheless, the number two Lightweight contender is back and ready to make another run for the gold belt.
- Ferguson is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC. He is a decorated striker who can catch you from anywhere and his ground game is second to none. He is an absolute workhorse and if you think you can tire him out, think again. He boasts an impressive MMA record of 23-3 with 10 knockout victories, eight submissions and five decision wins. Although he has had a 12-month layoff, Ferguson comes into this on a 10-fight win streak and he won’t be playing it safe.
In what should be an epic fight, we’re going Ferguson to outlast Pettis at the end of the five rounds.
Tip: Ferguson by decision