After being reserved to face each other four times already and having something hinder on each of those events, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem 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 at +170.
Nurmagomedov is a great 26-0 within 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 along with also 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, 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 variety of knees and punches that can easily set up a T/KO victory.
Ferguson, the current interim winner, is 13-1 at the UFC and enters this battle on a 10-fight win streak. “El Cucuy” is great in using his reach to his advantage at the standup game, but is a volume striker who likes to drive the pace. He has got power in both hands while also demonstrating a diverse arsenal on his feet. Ferguson isn’t merely a striker, as among the 23 career victories have come through entry. His sleek movement and aggressive style put opponents in awkward positions that he capitalizes on.
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