Conor McGregor may be the betting underdog for his UFC 229 return against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but that may not last for long.
McGregor (+145) opened as a slight betting underdog to Nurmagomedov (-175) on Friday afternoon following the UFC’s announcement of the Oct. 6 mega-fight at UFC 229, according to odds posted by online bookmaker Bovada. Within a matter of hours, though, those odds had already shifted closer to even for both McGregor and Nurmagomedov, who currently sit at +130 and -160 at the time of this writing, respectively.
McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, has not competed in MMA since earning a second-round knockout over Eddie Alvarez in Nov. 2016 at UFC 205 to become the promotion’s first-ever two-division simultaneous champion. The popular Irishman carries notable wins over Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Nate Diaz, Dustin Poirier, and Max Holloway, and is the biggest pay-per-view draw in the history of the sport.
Nurmagomedov captured the UFC lightweight title in April with a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. The undefeated Dagestani holds a perfect 10-0 record in Octagon action and carries notable wins over Edson Barboza, Rafael dos Anjos, and Michael Johnson, among others.
UFC 229 takes place Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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