After being booked to face each other four times already and having something interfere on every one of those occasions, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem destined not to fight. But, just in case they eventually meet in the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favorite with Ferguson coming back in +170.
Nurmagomedov is a great 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 a black belt in judo, Khabib excels in suffocating his opponent 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 from out of the element when it comes to striking. Khabib includes a deadly variety of knees and punches which can easily establish a T/KO success.
Ferguson, the current interim champion, is 13-1 in the UFC and enters that this battle on a 10-fight win series. “El Cucuy” is great in using his reach to his advantage in the standup game, but is a quantity striker who likes to drive the pace. He has got power in both hands while also demonstrating a varied arsenal on his feet. Ferguson is not just a striker, as nine of the 23 career victories have come via submission. His sleek motion and aggressive fashion placed opponents in awkward places that he capitalizes on.
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