After being reserved to face each other four times already and having some thing interfere on each of those occasions, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov appear destined not to fight. However, just in case they eventually meet in the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favorite with Ferguson coming straight back in +170.
Nurmagomedov is a perfect 26-0 within his MMA career with 16 of those victories coming via stoppage. Khabib last competed in the Octagon at UFC 223 where he mauled Al Iaquinta.
With a master of sambo and a black belt in judo, Khabib excels in suffocating his opponent possibly more than any other fighter in the UFC. Nurmagomedov is relentless in his pursuit of the takedown, also holds the record for most takedowns in one game in UFC history (21), but is far from out of the element when it comes to striking. Khabib includes a deadly array of punches and knees that may easily establish a T/KO success.
Ferguson, the present interim winner, is 13-1 in the UFC and enters that this battle on a 10-fight win streak. “El Cucuy” is great in using his reach to his benefit in the standup game, but is a quantity striker who likes to push the pace. He’s got power in both hands while also demonstrating a diverse arsenal on his toes. Ferguson is not just a striker, as nine of his 23 career victories have come via entry. His sleek motion and competitive style placed opponents in awkward positions he capitalizes on.
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