UFC 229 predictions, fight card: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov expert picks and odds

In the short history of UFC grudge matches, Saturday night’s main event for the lightweight title ranks among the best. Sure, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have shown utter distaste for another both inside and outside the Octagon. As did Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz in the early days of MMA. But when 155-pound champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are locked inside the cage at T-Mobile Arena, it will just feel different.

The two have a long, strange history of adoration and despair aimed at one another, which turned bitter this spring when McGregor threw a dolly at a bus carrying Nurmagomedov, along with a host of other fighters for UFC 223. Now, after plenty of trash talk and heated moments, the door will lock behind them in the Octagon and there will be no one to help either person. It’s showtime.

On top of the great main event, UFC 229 also provides a look at the state of the lightweight division and much more. Here’s the full fight card with the latest odds from Bovada.

UFC 229 fight card, odds

With a big card on tap, our experts took a crack at picking each of the main card fights. Here are your pick makers: Brian Campbell (combat sports writer), Matthew Coca (producer), Michael Mormile (producer), Jack Jorgensen (editor) and Brandon Wise (editor). 

Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/mma/news/ufc-229-predictions-fight-card-conor-mcgregor-vs-khabib-nurmagomedov-expert-picks-and-odds/

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