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Kamaru Usman opens as major favorite vs Conor McGregor, but some say not big enough

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UFC’s Welterweight champion opens as a large favorite against former two-division champ Conor McGregor.

Oddsmakers expect Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman to maul former two-division king Conor McGregor if they were to ever fight. Bet Online published its official odds for a potential scrap pitting Usman vs. McGregor. The early odds list “Nigerian Nightmare” as a seven-to-one favorite over “Notorious.”

Kamara Usman vs. Conor McGregor

Kamara Usman: -700 (1/7)
Conor McGregor: +450 (9/2)

Many fans online tweeted that Usman was a steal at those odds, believing the Welterweight champ should be an even larger favorite.

Usman (19-1) and McGregor (22-6) are rather far apart when it comes to momentum. Usman is undefeated dating back to his third professional fight, winning 18 straight, including 14 straight in UFC and four successful defenses of the 170-pound crown. He is expected to rematch Colby Covington at UFC 268, reportedly taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 6, 2021.

McGregor’s finest stretch saw him win 15 consecutive fights, including seven straight in the Octagon and a first-round knockout over Jose Aldo to capture UFC’s Featherweight title. In his last seven fights, despite capturing the UFC Lightweight title to become a simultaneous two-division champion, McGregor has gone 3-4. In his last outing, McGregor lost to Poirier for the second time in a row after breaking his leg (watch here) at the end of round one.

He is expected to be on the shelf until 2022 ... and he’s already lobbying for a title shot upon his return.

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