Conor McGregor has always been a divisive figure in MMA, but after his bus attack on Khabib Nurmagomedov in April this year many neutrals are rooting for the Russian in the upcoming showdown at UFC 229. Many people believe the Irishman may finally get what’s coming to him when he takes on the man who has never lost in the Octagon this October. McGregor does, however, have the opportunity to take down the biggest scalp of his glittering career, and it is shaping up to be an incredible bout.

The matchup between McGregor and Khabib this year is being billed as the biggest UFC fight of all time, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a lot of history between the two fighters and many punters who enjoy betting on the sport are finding it hard to choose who will emerge victorious. The event also marks McGregor’s return to the Octagon since he beat Eddie Alvarez by second-round knockout at UFC 205 in 2016, and this adds another element to the buzzing excitement surrounding the event.

Khabib is the favourite with the bookies to continue his unbeaten streak when he faces McGregor in October. The Russian is odds-on in the UFC betting to prevail against the Irishman, and the most likely method of victory is through submission. Khabib has never tasted defeat in his exceptional career, and that confidence and self-assurance is what has made it extremely hard for McGregor to get under his skin.

The fight is being billed as a clash between a grappling expert and a striking pro, and it will be interesting to see which technique will get the upper hand. While McGregor has often been considered one of the best in the business, the 30-year-old has had fewer fights than his rival during his career and has also been bested on three occasions. Two of those losses were by decision, while the other one was by submission in the contest against Nate Diaz in 2016. The fact that McGregor has already lost to a grappler in his career, coupled with the Irishman being out of the game for so long, highlights why the odds are in favour of Khabib.

McGregor is basing his strategy on the fact that he believes Khabib has a weak chin, but the Russian has proved against Edson Barboza and Al Aquainta that he can take a number of hits without it phasing him too much. If McGregor thinks that this is his rival’s weak point, he may be in for a long night.

There is no doubt that this fight is going to be a cracker. It will either please the haters who think that McGregor should get what’s coming to him for the bus attack, or if the Irishman wins it will reaffirm his status as the best in the business. There’s so much riding on this one that the excitement is tangible, and nobody knows for sure what the outcome will be.