Following a hiatus of more than two years in the sport, the UFC’s largest star Conor McGregor is back in action, trying to recover his lightweight title out of undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 at Las Vegas on October 6. The champ, Nurmagomedov, started as the betting favorite at -160 together with the challenger, McGregor, coming back since the +120 underdog.
Both of these warriors have a good deal of terrible blood stemming from an altercation between Khabib and Conor’s buddy and teammate Artem Lobov before UFC 223 at New York in April. The highly anticipated fight is official and sportsbooks like BetOnline happen to be accepting wagers with this upcoming bout.
To wager McGregor vs Khabib
If it comes to betting for the first time, the chances you commonly hear are about the moneyline. While McGregor came back as the +120 underdog the launching moneyline had Khabib as the -160 favorite. Basically, moneyline is a fancy term for who is going to win.
However, what exactly does +120 and -160 mean? Well, for the minus-money, you may have to bet that much to make $100 so in the case of this scrap, you would wager $160 to make a gain of $100 for a total of $260. Betting on McGregor in +120 means that in case you bet $100, you could gain an additional $120 for a total of $220. On a smaller scale, for every dollar you wager on McGregor, you can profit $1.20, whereas you would need to bet $1.60 to profit $1 in the event that you bet on Khabib.
The reason for this can be oddsmakers give the advantage to Khabib to win and they want you to wager more to get a smaller benefit. On the flip side, if you bet on Conor, that oddsmakers think will shed, you can make more of a profit if he pulls off the upset.
So far this season when it has to do with underdogs vs favorites, the underdogs have won 36.1 percentage of conflicts, with the biggest upset by Paul Craig in +535 (for every dollar you wagered, you would have profited $5.35) over Magomed Akalaev.
With the opening chances of -160 for Khabib and +120 for Conor, sportsbooks expect a close struggle. For comparison, when Conor fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in last year’s superfight, the undefeated fighter opened at -800 together with the UFC star coming back in +500, which shows a massive disparity and a more lopsided view of this bout.
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