On October 6, 2018, former MMA featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the UFC. He is set to face undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is currently regarded as one of the best MMA fighters. Even though announced only recently, the bout is generating heavy interest from the public and has been called “the greatest fight in UFC history” by UFC President Dana White.
The bout was expected for quite some time. Everyone knew that once McGregor returns to the Octagon he will eventually have to face the up-and-coming Nurmagomedov, who became one of the best fighters the UFC has seen in recent years. With a record of 26-0, Nurmagomedov is a bona fide star and the most feared fighter in the UFC, just like McGregor during his title reign.
Conor McGregor is one of the biggest starts the MMA and UFC have seen. He has the biggest PPV draw – his fight against Nate Diaz (UFC 202) drew over 1.5 million viewers, the most in the history of MMA events. Additionally, McGregor’s first venture in boxing against Floyd Mayweather last year drew 4.3 million PPV viewers, ranking second in history. The Irishman is a literal magnet for viewers and money, and a great fighter as well.
The fight against McGregor will be the Russian’s first title defence bout after winning the title at the UFC 223. Nurmagomedov’s fierce style of fighting has earned him Performance of the Night award in 2017 and numerous other awards as well. He is also a two-time Combat Sambo world champion and holds a black belt in judo, making him a pretty accomplished fighter.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor have had a number of altercations in the past. It all culminated before UFC 223 when McGregor attacked the bus driving Nurmagomedov (and other fighters) out of the arena during a promotional event. Both groups have a long history of altercations and trash talking, which makes the upcoming fight all the more interesting.
SportPesa is a dominant force in the UK betting market thanks to their great odds and a variety of sporting events. The bookie has partnerships with 4 Premier League clubs at the moment and has won numerous awards in the past, even becoming a Superbrand in Africa in 2017.
Besides the obvious markets in football and other sports, SportPesa offers many MMA and UFC events including the fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor. The undefeated Russian is the heavy favourite for the bout, standing at 10/19. Conor McGregor is being given odds of 29/20 at SportPesa, which makes him an underdog and a much more interesting option for punters.
There are a variety of markets available for the fight, including Fight to go to the Distance (43/20 – Yes; 4/13 – No), Round Betting, Method of Victory (McGregor KO – 2/1; Nurmagomedov KO – 4/1), and Double Chance as well.
Nurmagomedov’s Full Time Winner odds are not exactly enticing – you’ll win more money by betting on McGregor. Although the Russian is yet to be defeated, McGregor shouldn’t be dismissed just like that. There are plenty of options you can pick from, so choose wisely.
Launched in 2017, Ole777 is a new bookie under the TGP group that is trying to deliver the perfect sportsbook experience. Featuring great odds and deals, Ole777 is doing pretty well so far, with thousands of punters already making it their favourite. With a number of sporting events and markets, Ole777 is quickly growing and we have no doubt It’ll become an even bigger brand in the near future.
Of course, this exciting bookie offers betting on the UFC 229. Nurmagomedov is once again the favourite with odds of 10/19 in front of McGregor and his 29/20 odds. If you don’t want to pick the Full Time Winner, you can take a look at some of the other markets. Ole777 offers betting on Fight to go to the Distance, Method of Victory, Double Chance, and Round Betting as well. There are more than enough markets you can bet on, so take a look at all the odds before deciding to place your bet.
At 10/19, Nurmagomedov isn’t very interesting for punters. Placing a bet on him won’t bring anything substantial in return. On the other hand, betting on the Irish fighter can more than double your money, so weigh your options carefully.
Thanks to partnership deals with Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspurs, Fun88 became one of the most popular bookies in the UK in just a short time. Offering great odds for numerous sports (mainly football) and great deals for punters, Fun88 has no intention of stopping their expansion soon.
It’s not all about football at Fun88 – the British bookie also offers betting on various MMA events, including the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor fight. Fans of McGregor will be disappointed to see that the Russian is again the main favourite with odds of 10/19 – just like SportPesa and Ole777, Fun88 thinks that Nurmagomedov will continue his dominance in the UFC by adding McGregor (29/20) to his tally.
If you’d like to try another market, Fun88 offers betting on rounds, Double Chance, Method of Victory, and Fight to go to the Distance. The Method of Victory market is of particular notice here – the odds for McGregor winning by KO are 2/1, while the odds for Nurmagomedov in the same market are 4/1. Both are much more enticing than the Full Time Winner if you ask us, so before placing your bet, review all the markets.
Known as the British betting home for American sports, RedZoneSports arrived in a crowded market in 2017 and we have to agree it’s doing pretty well so far. It’s not all about American sports, however – the site offers plenty of action for English sports fans, featuring a variety of football and other sports events.
RedZoneSports has included the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor fight in their offer, favouring the Russian fighter with 10/19 odds. McGregor stands at 29/20, which look much more enticing for punters and will double your bet if the Irish fighter makes a triumphant return to the Octagon.
Of course, this fresh bookie also offers betting on other markets. There’s Round Betting for both fighters (Nurmagomedov – Round 1 – 5/1; McGregor – Round 1 – 11/2), Double Chance, Method of Victory (McGregor by KO or points – 2/1; Nurmagomedov on points – 15/4), and Fight to go to the Distance (43/20 – Yes; 4/13 – No). If you’re a punter who doesn’t like betting on the winner, the other options look pretty interesting.
Formerly known as Bet on Brazil (rebranded in 2017), SportNation is a fresh new bookie on the British market that offers great odds and much more than just football. The bookmaker has numerous sports in its offer and a great deal of specials punters can use to their advantage. SportNation is also known for its excellent mobile site, which is said to be better than the desktop version.
Of course, the bookie has included the UFC 229 main event in their offer. Khabib Nurmagomedov is once again the favourite with odds of 10/19 in front of McGregor’s odds of 29/20. There is a total of 5 markets for the title defence fight, including Fight to go to the Distance (43/20 – Yes; 4/13 – No), Double Chance (McGregor to win by KO or points – 5/6; McGregor to win by KO or Submission – 7/5), Method of Victory, and Round Betting as well.
All the markets feature great odds with which you can get a substantial amount of money in return for your bets, so don’t rush to put money on the outright winner – your winnings may lie elsewhere.