After being booked to face each other four times and having something hinder on each 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 favorite with Ferguson coming back at +170.
Nurmagomedov is a great 26-0 in 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 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 match 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 can easily set up a T/KO success.
Ferguson, the present 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 in the standup game, but is a quantity striker who likes to push the pace. He has knockout power in both hands while also displaying a diverse arsenal on his toes. Ferguson is not merely a striker, as among the 23 career victories have come through submission. His slick movement and competitive style placed opponents in awkward positions he capitalizes on.
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