It’s been billed as the biggest fight in the history of the UFC! Khabib V McGregor at UFC 229 in a grudge match like we’ve never seen before. Palmerbet Sports Team give their UFC 229 tips & analysis for all five main card fights!
The Main Event
- Nurmagomedov – 26-0-0 (8 by KO/TKO & 8 by submission)
- McGregor – 21-3-0 (17 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
- Nurmagomedov def Iaquinta – Decision
- McGregor def Alvarez – Rd 2 TKO
Final Thoughts: Striking versus wrestling, outspoken versus reserved, and of course, Ireland versus Russia!
There is no bigger spectacle than the main event for UFC 229. The hatred between these fighters is undeniable and they’ve got the skills to match. Khabib will enter the octagon as the favourite at $1.58 although Conor McGregor has forged a $100M+ career out of being an underdog.
Khabib’s ability to smother an opponent on the ground and beat them into submission is freakish. Without a loss to his name, the question remains, can he be beaten? He has consistently dominated his opponents in the UFC, most recently Edson Barboza who himself was considered a top lightweight contender at the time. However, his striking ability and chin remain suspect.
Conor will need to end this fight, and end it quickly if he stands a chance. His takedown defence is severely underrated and it will come as no surprise that he’ll try to keep the fight standing up.
Khabib has never faced a striker like “The Notorious” and we’re picking a McGregor KO in spectacular fashion.
- Waterson – 15-6-0 (3 by KO/TKO & 9 by submission)
- Herrig – 14-7-0 (1 by KO/TKO & 4 by submission)
- Waterson def Casey – Decision
- Herrig def by Kowalkiewicz – Decision
Final Thoughts: Two Strawweight veterans go to head to head this weekend and with strikingly similar records, this could go either way. The key to victory for Waterson will be her impressive takedown ability which has been evident through her 9 victories via submission.
Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig has proven to be a tough, well-rounded fighter although she was outclassed in her previous bout. Based on recent form, we’re taking Waterson in an upset.
- Lewis – 20-5-0 (1NC) (17 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
- Volkov – 30-6-0 (20 by KO/TKO & 3 by submission)
- Lewis def Ngannou – Decision
- Volkov def Werdum – Rd 4 KO
Final Thoughts: He may be wild and unpredictable but Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis is a devastating striker who can put anyone to sleep. His most recent victory against Ngannou did nothing to impress and he will need to improve out of sight when he takes on Volkov.
Heavyweights don’t come more talented than Volkov. He’s a skillful fighter, but doesn’t possess the same knockout power as his opponent. Therefore, working down Lewis with his superior conditioning will likely be the plan for the Russian before looking for the finish in the latter stages of the fight.
- OSP – 23-11-0 (11 by KO/TKO & 7 by submission)
- Reyes – 9-0-0 ( 6 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
- Saint Preux def Pedro – Rd 1 Submission
- Reyes def Cannonier – Rd 1 TKO
Final Thoughts: Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes is a top Light Heavyweight prospect climbing his way up the ranks in spectacular fashion. Not only is he undefeated, Reyes has only been past the first round once and is certainly a fighter to keep an eye on.
In arguably the toughest fight of his short career, Reyes takes on a seasoned veteran with the ground game to match in Ovince Saint-Preux. Winning 4 of his last 5 fights, OSP will be prepared for victory although expect a mixture of power and youth be the recipe for success for Reyes in round 2.
- Ferguson – 23-3-0 (10 by KO/TKO & 8 by submission)
- Pettis – 21-7-0 (9 by KO/TKO & 8 by submission)
- Ferguson def Lee – Rd 3 submission
- Pettis def Chiesa – Rd 2 submission
Final Thoughts: After having the Interim Lightweight Championship stripped due to injury, Ferguson hasn’t fought since October 2017. On the other hand, Pettis has kept active with 3 fights since July 2017, all with mixed results.
Ring rust is unlikely to be a factor for Ferguson as he has continuously come agonizingly close to facing off against Khabib. Many are tipping Ferguson to fight the winner of Khabib v McGregor so expect him to go one step closer to the lightweight belt with a win against another former Lightweight Champion.