UPDATED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018 — 2am Eastern Time!
Can it get any more intense than this?
UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Numagomedov and former two-division-champion Conor McGregor faced off earlier tonight after their ceremonial weigh-ins, and neither can wait until tomorrow night at the T-Mobile Arena for their main event at UFC 229.
The odds continue to be the talk of Las Vegas. According to Sports Betting Dime:
Conor McGregor makes his long-awaited comeback to the UFC, and he’s diving right back into the deep end. Welcoming him into the octagon is lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, an undefeated fighter who hasn’t lost a single round in his MMA career.
The betting lines opened with Khabib as the clear favorite at -205, and while the champ is still favored, the line has shifted towards McGregor in the weeks leading up to the fight. Like with every Conor fight, it’s likely we’ll see late money pouring in from casual fans.
If we strip away all the theatrics, the calculus of this fight remains simple and unchanged. McGregor is the greatest striker at lightweight; Khabib is the greatest grappler. McGregor operates in bursts and does his best work in the opening rounds; Khabib is a steady metronome of pain.