After being reserved to face each other four times already and having some thing hinder on each of those occasions, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov appear destined not to fight. However, just in case they eventually meet from the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favored with Ferguson coming straight back in +170.
Nurmagomedov is a great 26-0 in his MMA career with 16 of these victories coming through stoppage. Khabib last competed in the Octagon at UFC 223 where he mauled Al Iaquinta.
Having a master of sambo along with 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, and holds the record for most takedowns in a single game in UFC history (21), but is far from out of his element when it comes to striking. Khabib includes a deadly array of punches and knees that may easily set up a T/KO victory.
Ferguson, the current interim winner, is 13-1 at the UFC and enters that this battle on a 10-fight win streak. “El Cucuy” is great at using his reach to his benefit in the standup game, but is a volume striker who likes to drive the pace. He has knockout power in both hands while also displaying a varied arsenal on his toes. Ferguson isn’t merely a striker, as nine of the 23 career victories have come through submission. His slick motion and competitive style placed opponents in awkward positions he capitalizes on.
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