The Notorious One returns to the UFC - Will he topple the unbeaten Russian?
It’s Conor McGregor’s first fight in the UFC since 2016 - and arguably, he’s never had a tougher opponent. Khabib Nurmagomedov has the longest undefeated streak in MMA with 26 wins, and he has the brash Irishman in his sights for #27.
UFC 229 should be a spectacular show, but where is the money going in this huge fight? We’ve crunched the numbers to find out what Oddschecker users are punting for in a number of key markets.
He might be the underdog, but McGregor (8/5) has been backed with 56% of total bets, with 44% going on Khabib (8/13). This is surely down to the huge global popularity of the Irishman, who will again have thousands of his countryman making the trip to Vegas to support the 30-year-old at athe T-Mobile Arena tonight.
Method Of Victory
It could well represent value, as by far the most popular selection in this market is McGregor to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification (7/4), with 38% of total bets. Next up is Khabib by submission (11/4) with 13% of total bets. Outside of the draw, the longest price in this market is for McGregor to win by submission (33/1), something that has never happened in the UFC. Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been backed well, with just 4% of total bets going on it occurring.
He last did it famously against Jose Aldo at UFC 194, and McGregor to win in the first round (27/5) is the most popular selection in the Round Betting market, with 26% of bets going on a lightning quick finish. Interestingly, the three most popular selections are all for McGregor, with Khabib Round 2 (83/10) the most popular selection if going for the Russian, but still only receiving 5% of total bets.
Will The Fight Go The Distance?
The bookies think it’s highly unlikely, and it seems that punters agree, with 54% of bets going on the fight finishing inside five rounds (1/4). If you like value, it may be wise to go for the fight to go the distance (17/5), with 44% of bets currently going on that selection.