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UFC 229: what time is McGregor vs Khabib on in Hong Kong and where can I watch it?

It’s been called ‘the biggest fight in UFC history’ so you won’t want to miss out. Here’s what you need to know about catching the action in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 11:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 11:01am

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was the scene for Conor McGregor’s boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jnr last August and 14 months on it hosts his return to action on Sunday.

The Irishman fights Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC in what is undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated bout of the year.

It is expected to surpass all pay-per-view records for the organisation as everyone wants to see if McGregor can still walk the walk.

He’s certainly been talking the talk, with the Dagestani on the end of some of the Irishman’s best barbs.

That’s why many are backing the unbeaten Nurmagomedov to rock McGregor and the sport, while the Dubliner backs himself.

It is a battle of two contrasting styles, making it a fascinating duel.

Will wrestler Nurmagomedov come out on top or will the striker McGregor? There’s only one way to find out and that is tuning in on Sunday morning.

Why should I watch?

It is the lightweight title on the line, but these are two of the heavyweights of the sport.

Nurmagomedov has 26 wins from his 26 fights, eight of them coming by knockout.

McGregor has 21 wins from 24 fights, 18 of them KOs.

The Irishman transcends UFC and everyone is waiting to see what two years out of the octagon has done to his skills within it. That and a few people will be hoping to see him take a beating. Love him or loathe him, this return is not to be missed.

Where can I watch it?

Many of Hong Kong’s bars will be showing the fight live so you can enjoy a beer and breakfast along with the atmosphere of a packed pub. You can also purchase the pay-per-view from UFC to screen it at home. It is on cable on Fox Sports (channel 670).

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What time does it start?

The main card has five fights, climaxing with the main event for the lightweight title. The pay per view starts at 10am on Sunday morning in Hong Kong while McGregor and Nurmagomedov are expected to touch gloves a couple of hours later.

Fox’s coverage begins at 10am, ending at 1pm but you would be best off tuning in from the start.

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What are the odds?

Most punters are backing it to finish before the scheduled five rounds and Nurmagomedov is the favourite. He’s paying $1.59 to win outright with McGregor at $2.35. The Irishman is dominating the betting though. Both are being backed to finish it in the first round.

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What are the other fights on the card?

Aside from the lightweight headliners there are four more big fights. First up is Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig then Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov.

Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes follows before Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis.