Conor McGregor Headlines UFC 229 in Return to the Octagon

Fights fans are excited as we speed towards the much-anticipated UFC 229 which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, with UK and Irish followers able to watch the action live from 1.00am on Sunday morning.

A stacked card has already been announced, but there are no doubts about the main attraction as two of the sport’s biggest names go head-to-head looking to settle an old score. Conor McGregor returns to the octagon following a short stint rubbing shoulders and trading shots with boxing royalty.

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The much-loved Irishman was stopped inside ten rounds by Floyd Mayweather Jr in Sin City last summer and fans are ecstatic to have him home, back doing what he’s good at after boosting his bank balance by millions of dollars.

Notorious certainly won’t slip through the back door unnoticed and there will be no warm-up bout, either. He’s a man who doesn’t do things by halves and he proved it again by putting his reputation on the line in another super fight with Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. It’s the clash fans wanted and thanks to two men who never duck a challenge, it’s the clash they will get.

The build-up hasn’t passed quietly, of course, with McGregor making headlines even before the first press conference to announce the fight was called. In what was supposed to be a closed-door affair, only open to fighters, their teams, UFC officials and members of the worldwide media, Notorious rocked the boat at the first opportunity by telling his millions of social media followers they could secure a seat by buying one of his newly launched bottles of whiskey.

Purchasing two Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskeys guaranteed a place at the front of the line, no less. Let’s just say that didn’t go down well with Dana White and the UFC blazers.

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Away from the pantomime of the press conferences and newspaper interviews, a look at the latest MMA odds shows bookmakers expect Conor McGregor to lose on his return. The time for talking will stop at the first bell and traders have made their thoughts crystal clear, with Paddy Power offering 5/4 on the fighting pride of Ireland.

That’ll certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons and bookies are expecting to see a flood of cash coming in support of Conor from his adoring fans.

Those who genuinely believe he’ll beat Khabib in October can back him at better odds in the method of victory market. A KO/TKO or Disqualification is 17/10, Decision or Technical Decision is unlikely at 13/1, while the Submission is an earth-shattering 30/1.

Prefer to place your trust in the market and side with Khabib to get the job done? That’ll receive a fair share of the pre-bout money and he’s 4/7 to win the fight by any method. Submission is 13/5, KO/TKO 7/2 and the Decision is 4/1.

Anyone want to risk a high-profile draw? 66/1 is the prize if you correctly predict the share.