Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Odds Released

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2018

CALGARY, AB - JULY 28:  UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is seen in attendance during the UFC Fight Night event at Scotiabank Saddledome on July 28, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Khabib Nurmagomedov has opened as the 63-100 favourite to beat Conor McGregor when the two meet at UFC 229 in October.

According to OddsShark, the Russian is tipped to beat the Notorious, who is 13-10 to take the victory in the Octagon.

The pair will headline UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas, where McGregor will have the chance to regain the lightweight title, which was stripped from him in April.

McGregor won the title in his last UFC fight when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, but a lack of activity since forced him to give it up.

Last year, the Irishman's only fight was a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., which the latter won.

Nurmagomedov picked up the vacant lightweight title when he beat Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision on April 7, to extend his record to 26-0.

McGregor seems eager to get back to business, and likewise, MMA fans are awaiting the clash with bated breath:

Fellow UFC fighter Diego Sanchez believes it will be a one-sided affair in Nurmagomedov's favour:

The undefeated 29-year-old is similarly confident:

It will make for an intriguing clash of styles; the Eagle's grappling ability has no equal, and if the fight goes to the mat, he should be firmly in control of proceedings.

By contrast, McGregor's strengths lie in his striking. He has won 18 fights via TKO, almost all of them via punches, and memorably knocked out Jose Aldo after just 13 seconds in 2015.

All three of the Irishman's defeats have come via submission, though, which could make him vulnerable if Nurmagomedov can take him down.

McGregor might also suffer from ring rust, as it will be almost two years since his last UFC bout by the time he steps into the Octagon at UFC 229, but a memorable comeback victory can't be ruled out.

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