After being booked to face each other four times already and having some thing interfere on every one of those events, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov appear destined to not fight. However, just in case they finally meet in the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favored with Ferguson coming straight back at +170.
Nurmagomedov is a perfect 26-0 in his MMA career with 16 of those victories coming through 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 more than any other fighter in the UFC. Nurmagomedov is persistent in his pursuit of the takedown, also holds the record for most takedowns in a single game in UFC history (21), but is far out of his element when it comes to striking. Khabib has a deadly variety of knees and punches which can easily set up a T/KO victory.
Ferguson, the current interim winner, is 13-1 at the UFC and enters that this fight on a 10-fight win streak. « El Cucuy » is great in using his reach to his advantage at the standup game, but is a quantity striker who likes to drive the pace. He’s knockout power in both hands while also displaying a varied arsenal on his feet. Ferguson isn’t just a striker, as nine of the 23 career victories have come through entry. His sleek motion and competitive style put opponents in awkward positions he capitalizes on.
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