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The MMA Vivisection – UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor picks, odds, & analysis

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The UFC is getting set for their biggest fight of 2018. Conor McGregor has been lured out of his MMA hiatus to take on newly crowned lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. It’s just about the biggest fight to be made in MMA right now (although anything involving McGregor carries that label, by default).

And while the card underneath it isn’t eye-popping, it doesn’t really need to be. In the co-main, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis takes on former interim champion Tony Ferguson. While further down the under-card light heavyweight heavyweight top prospect Dominick Reyes takes a big step up in competition against Ovince St. Preux. Throw in top contenders bouts of Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov and Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig and it’s a card that will deliver a lot of meaning, if not necessarily a ton of action top to bottom.

Here’s our breakdown of the prelims:

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This week, we’ve split the show into two parts. The main card Vivisection is on SoundCloud and iTunes, while the prelim Vivi is over on YouTube (but don’t worry both productions will be cross posted across all platforms). So be sure to ‘like,’ subscribe, and enjoy the show.

Here’s a look at the Saturday, October 6th UFC 229: Khabib vs. Conor card as it stands right now, via UFC.com:

MAIN CARD | 10PM/7PM ETPT
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor – 3:59
Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis – 28:50
Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes – 40:15
Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov – 51:17
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig – 58:00

FS1 PRELIMS | 8PM/5PM ETPT
Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga
Vicente Luque vs Jalin Turner
Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger
Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick

UFC FIGHTPASS EARLY PRELIMS | 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT
Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya
Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz
Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin


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