After being booked to face each other four times and having something hinder on every one of these events, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov appear destined to not fight. But, in case they eventually meet in the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is a -200 favored with Ferguson coming straight back in +170.
Nurmagomedov is a great 26-0 within 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.
With a master of sambo and a black belt in judo, Khabib excels in suffocating his rival possibly greater than any other fighter in the UFC. Nurmagomedov is persistent in his pursuit of the takedown, also holds the record for most takedowns in one game in UFC history (21), but is far out of the element when it comes to striking. Khabib has a deadly variety of knees and punches which may easily establish a T/KO success.
Ferguson, the current interim winner, is 13-1 in the UFC and enters that this fight on a 10-fight win series. “El Cucuy” is great in using his reach to his advantage in the standup game, but is a volume striker who likes to push the pace. He’s knockout power in both hands while also displaying a diverse arsenal on his toes. Ferguson is not just a striker, as among his 23 career victories have come via submission. His sleek movement and aggressive fashion put opponents in awkward positions he capitalizes on.