After being booked to face each other four times and having something hinder on every one of those occasions, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem destined to not fight. However, in case they eventually meet in the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favorite with Ferguson coming back at +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 also a black belt in judo, Khabib excels in suffocating his rival possibly greater than any other fighter in the UFC. Nurmagomedov is relentless in his pursuit of the takedown, also holds the record for most takedowns in a single match in UFC history (21), but is far out of his element when it comes to striking. Khabib includes a deadly variety of punches and knees which can 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 series. “El Cucuy” is excellent in using his reach to his advantage at the standup game, but is a quantity striker who likes to drive the pace. He has 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 via submission. His slick motion and competitive style put opponents in awkward positions that he capitalizes on.
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