After being reserved to face each other four times already and having some thing hinder on every one of these events, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem destined to not fight. However, in case they finally meet in the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favorite with Ferguson coming straight back in +170.
Nurmagomedov is a great 26-0 in his MMA career with 16 of these victories coming via stoppage. Khabib last competed in the Octagon at UFC 223 where he mauled Al Iaquinta.
Having a master of sambo and also a black belt in judo, Khabib excels in suffocating his rival possibly greater than any other fighter in the UFC. Nurmagomedov is persistent in his pursuit of the takedown, and holds the record for most takedowns in one match in UFC history (21), but is far out of his element when it comes to striking. Khabib includes a deadly variety of knees and punches which may easily set up a T/KO victory.
Ferguson, the current interim champion, is 13-1 in the UFC and enters that this fight on a 10-fight win streak. “El Cucuy” is excellent at using his reach to his advantage at the standup game, but is a quantity striker who likes to push the pace. He’s knockout power in both hands while also demonstrating a diverse arsenal on his feet. Ferguson is not just a striker, as nine of the 23 career victories have come through submission. His slick motion and aggressive style put opponents in awkward places that he capitalizes on.
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