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Conor McGregor has been away from the UFC Octagon for nearly two years, but that all ends on Saturday night in Las Vegas at UFC 229. The former two-division champion is ready to get back into the cage as he attempts to win back the lightweight championship by facing maybe his toughest test to date: reigning titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The history between these two is a strange one, as they once respected one another but now despise the sight of each other. The hatred reached a new level this past April when, prior to UFC 223, McGregor and his lads stormed the Barclays Center, and the former double-champ threw a dolly at a bus carrying Nurmagomedov.

On top of the great main event, UFC 229 also provides a look at the state of the lightweight division and much more. Here’s the full fight card with the latest odds from Bovada.

UFC 229 fight card

FAVORITE UNDERDOG WEIGHT CLASS
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) -160 Conor McGregor +140 Lightweight title
Tony Ferguson -350 Anthony Pettis +265 Lightweight
Dominick Reyes -210 Ovince Saint Preux +170 Light heavyweight
Alexander Volkov -185 Derrick Lewis +150 Heavyweight
Felice Herrig -130 Michelle Waterson +100 Women’s strawweight
Sergio Pettis -150 Jussier Formiga +120 Flyweight
Vincente Luque -800 Jalin Turner +500 Bantamweight
Aspen Ladd -165 Tonya Evinger +135 Women’s bantamweight
Yana Kunitskaya -190 Lina Lansberg +155 Women’s bantamweight
Alan Patrick -260  Scott Holtzman +200 Lightweight
Nik Lentz -230 Gray Maynard +180 Lightweight
Ryan LaFlare -140 Tony Martin +110 Welterweight

With a big card on tap, our experts took a crack at picking each of the main card fights. Here are your pick makers: Brian Campbell (combat sports writer), Matthew Coca (producer), Michael Mormile (producer), Jack Jorgensen (editor) and Brandon Wise (editor).

Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov Full Fight

FIGHT CAMPBELL MORMILE COCA JORGENSEN WISE
Khabib (c) vs. McGregor McGregor McGregor McGregor McGregor Khabib
Ferguson vs. Pettis Ferguson Ferguson Ferguson Ferguson Pettis
Reyes vs. Saint Preux Reyes OSP OSP OSP OSP
Volkov vs. Lewis Lewis Volkov Lewis Volkov Lewis
Herrig vs. Waterson Herrig Waterson Waterson Herrig Herrig
Overall (2018) 24-25-0 27-22-0 26-23-0 24-25-0 29-20-0

Campbell on why McGregor wins: Questions as to whether McGregor is still hungry enough despite his wealth to accept a challenge as dangerous as Nurmagomedov were seemingly answered by his willingness to accept the fight when he didn’t have to. What that shows is that he sees something. For all the talk that Khabib’s aggressive wrestling style is all kinds of wrong for McGregor (and make no mistake, it is) let’s not forget how perfectly vulnerable Nurmagomedov could end up being for counter left hands as he shoots in. Outside of the two Nate Diaz fights at welterweight, McGregor has finished seven of the eight opponents he has faced in the Octagon and each time with punches. McGregor enters this fight with something to prove and that’s a dangerous equation for Nurmagomedov, who may be dominant on the ground but lacks a similar record of finishes.

Wise on why Khabib wins: Tread lightly, my friend. Take all the bluster and brashness from McGregor you want, but the man has a clear weakness that sets up for exactly the style that “The Eagle” brings to this grudge match. McGregor’s three losses in the Octagon have all come via submission stoppage, each after the fight has been taken to the ground. The comparisons to the Chad Mendes fight for McGregor have been made ad nauseam, but I think Khabib has another trick up his sleeve here. McGregor will try to keep the distance with his jab and heavy left hand, but Russian robot will continue to plod forward with constant pressure and secure the takedowns needed to finish McGregor with some hammer fists.

Jorgensen on why Ferguson wins: “El Cucuy” is back, and I could not be happier about that fact. Now is he back too soon? That we don’t know, but he will have to protect that knee he injured back in spring, as Pettis will obviously make that a prime target with his kicks. I think Ferguson will be able to keep those attempts at bay, though, and extend that record lightweight winning streak he still has going for him. Ferguson via submission when the fight gets to the ground, and then it’ll be on to face the winner of the main event at some point down the road.

Wise on why Pettis wins: Welcome back to Showtime. The former lightweight champion is suddenly in a great position to snag a shot at the winner of the main event on Saturday. In a fight that will likely end up in a wrestling match with Ferguson’s extensive ground and submission game, give me the guy that didn’t suffer a freak knee injury six months earlier and who is used to having a bright spotlight on him in an event of this magnitude. Pettis may not be the flying headkick off the cage anymore, but he’s still one of the best 155-pound fighters in the world.

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UFC 229 Live:The UFC returns to Dallas, Texas this weekend for their seventh pay-per-view event of a jammed-packed year.. UFC 228 Live Stream – What channel is it on? The main card and the preliminary fights will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Alternatively, if you don’t have BT Sport, you can watch the prelims on the UFC’s Fight Pass service

UFC 229 Live

For those who have been waiting for the big spectacle happening in the next month, chances are you want to find the best option to catch up with the match up. It is fast approaching. We are less than two weeks away from one of the biggest fights in the UFC history.

At the UFC 229, the former two-division champion Conor McGregor makes his return to the Octagon to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current lightweight champion. Although the officials do not hold the ‘World Tour” press conferences for this event, like we already see in McGregor vs Jose Aldo, we have already seen the flaming press conferences involving both fighters.

Before going further with the options to watch ufc 229 online, let’s see the necessary information about this card.

The UFC 229: Khabib vs Mcgregor is highly anticipated MMA event by UFC that will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. People tag this event with “one of the biggest fights in the UFC history.”

Khabib vs McGregor will be the headline of the UFC Lightweight Championship. Back in the UFC 205, McGregor had the grabbed the title when he was conducting on the featherweight champion. McGregor did not defend his title. Instead, he took long hiatus because of his first son birth and preparing himself for a professional boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Back then, Nurmagomedov was supposedly preparing himself to fight against welterweight champion Tony Ferguson. However, the Russian fighter was having medical issues related to his weight cut on the weigh-in day so that the officials canceled the bout.

Meanwhile, Ferguson won over Kevin Lee at the UFC 229 for an interim title. By then, the officials conduct the scheme to meet him with Nurmagomedov at the UFC 223. However, Ferguson got injured. The vacant title will then went to Nurmagomedov after winning the title against Al Iaquinta. Despite the obstacles, officials finally can make the bout happen. Many have been waiting for the match that involves their favorite fighters McGregor vs Khabib. The big fight will happen soon. In less than a week, we can witness the winner at the UFC 229.
About Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is an Irish fighter who had claimed the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight titles. Born in 1988, Conor McGregor transformed from a fellow boy in the neighborhood to big star in the MMA world. He joined the UFC back then in 2013. his fans and the world have been calling him “the Notorious.” He became the two-division champion after getting his lightweight title in 2016. McGregor also made a shocking professional appearance at the boxing matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2017. McGregor stands at 5’9” and has 74” reach. These measurements are what make him prominent fighter in the octagon.

He mainly fought as a featherweight (145 pounds) and lightweight (155 pounds). However, he has managed to get up to 170 pounds for attaining the welterweight bouts. Although he started as a boxer, he has trained in various disciplines including Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Capoeira, as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is the fast finisher. He loves to use his pure punching power to beat his opponents faster. Although his record (21-3-0) is slightly under Nurmagomedov, his habit of finishing his opponent quickly is something need to be considered.
About Khabib Nurmagomedov

Nurmagomedov made his debut in MMA in September 2008. He has been a fantastic fighter to be recorded. Within a month, he managed to secure four wins. Three wins were only in a day. Then the public recognized him after he won the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament championship at Moscow.

In three years, he won 12 matches in the MMA professional career. Two years later, he was fighting for the ProFC promotion. At 2011, he won all of his seven matches. UFC approached him after he got an impressive record of 16 wins. In the same year, he struck a deal with the UFC for six fights arrangement. Then he joined with the lightweight division. His first opponent was Kamal Shalorus in early 2012. He won it. Other opponents are Thiago Tavares, Dos Anjos, Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo, Pat Healy, and many others.

The 2014 and 2015 might not be the best year for him because he must cancel the bouts regarding his conditions like ill health and injuries. He made a comeback in 2016 by winning over Darrell Horcher. The upcoming fight is under the 229 card when he encounters his rival Conor McGregor. It is going to be an exciting bout to view. On paper, Nurmagomedov has the greater chance to win the fight. He has the record of the most takedowns in a UFC.

UFC 229

UFC 229 Live:The UFC returns to Dallas, Texas this weekend for their seventh pay-per-view event of a jammed-packed year.. UFC 228 Live Stream – What channel is it on? The main card and the preliminary fights will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Alternatively, if you don’t have BT Sport, you can watch the prelims on the UFC’s Fight Pass service

UFC 229 Live

For those who have been waiting for the big spectacle happening in the next month, chances are you want to find the best option to catch up with the match up. It is fast approaching. We are less than two weeks away from one of the biggest fights in the UFC history.

At the UFC 229, the former two-division champion Conor McGregor makes his return to the Octagon to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current lightweight champion. Although the officials do not hold the ‘World Tour” press conferences for this event, like we already see in McGregor vs Jose Aldo, we have already seen the flaming press conferences involving both fighters.

Before going further with the options to watch ufc 229 online, let’s see the necessary information about this card.

The UFC 229: Khabib vs Mcgregor is highly anticipated MMA event by UFC that will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. People tag this event with “one of the biggest fights in the UFC history.”

Khabib vs McGregor will be the headline of the UFC Lightweight Championship. Back in the UFC 205, McGregor had the grabbed the title when he was conducting on the featherweight champion. McGregor did not defend his title. Instead, he took long hiatus because of his first son birth and preparing himself for a professional boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Back then, Nurmagomedov was supposedly preparing himself to fight against welterweight champion Tony Ferguson. However, the Russian fighter was having medical issues related to his weight cut on the weigh-in day so that the officials canceled the bout.

Meanwhile, Ferguson won over Kevin Lee at the UFC 216 for an interim title. By then, the officials conduct the scheme to meet him with Nurmagomedov at the UFC 223. However, Ferguson got injured. The vacant title will then went to Nurmagomedov after winning the title against Al Iaquinta. Despite the obstacles, officials finally can make the bout happen. Many have been waiting for the match that involves their favorite fighters McGregor vs Khabib. The big fight will happen soon. In less than a week, we can witness the winner at the UFC 229.
About Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is an Irish fighter who had claimed the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight titles. Born in 1988, Conor McGregor transformed from a fellow boy in the neighborhood to big star in the MMA world. He joined the UFC back then in 2013. his fans and the world have been calling him “the Notorious.” He became the two-division champion after getting his lightweight title in 2016. McGregor also made a shocking professional appearance at the boxing matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2017. McGregor stands at 5’9” and has 74” reach. These measurements are what make him prominent fighter in the octagon.

He mainly fought as a featherweight (145 pounds) and lightweight (155 pounds). However, he has managed to get up to 170 pounds for attaining the welterweight bouts. Although he started as a boxer, he has trained in various disciplines including Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Capoeira, as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is the fast finisher. He loves to use his pure punching power to beat his opponents faster. Although his record (21-3-0) is slightly under Nurmagomedov, his habit of finishing his opponent quickly is something need to be considered.
About Khabib Nurmagomedov

Nurmagomedov made his debut in MMA in September 2008. He has been a fantastic fighter to be recorded. Within a month, he managed to secure four wins. Three wins were only in a day. Then the public recognized him after he won the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament championship at Moscow.

In three years, he won 12 matches in the MMA professional career. Two years later, he was fighting for the ProFC promotion. At 2011, he won all of his seven matches. UFC approached him after he got an impressive record of 16 wins. In the same year, he struck a deal with the UFC for six fights arrangement. Then he joined with the lightweight division. His first opponent was Kamal Shalorus in early 2012. He won it. Other opponents are Thiago Tavares, Dos Anjos, Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo, Pat Healy, and many others.

The 2014 and 2015 might not be the best year for him because he must cancel the bouts regarding his conditions like ill health and injuries. He made a comeback in 2016 by winning over Darrell Horcher. The upcoming fight is under the 229 card when he encounters his rival Conor McGregor. It is going to be an exciting bout to view. On paper, Nurmagomedov has the greater chance to win the fight. He has the record of the most takedowns in a UFC.