The much anticipated meeting between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is due to take place at UFC 249 on the 18th of April. Khabib will come into the fight as the UFC Lightweight Champion while Ferguson is a former interim champion.
If this encounter does take place on the 18th of April it is highly likely it will be contested behind closed doors. In fact, at the time of writing the venue of the match is still unconfirmed but as soon as we know any more it will be updated. It was thought it was going to take place in Brooklyn, New York but the New York State Athletic Commission announced that the event would not be sanctioned to take place there.
However, UFC president Dana White announced he already had a new location for this event but is yet to reveal the location to fans. This will be the fifth attempt for this fight to take place and everyone will be hoping this time it finally happens and the current Khabib vs Ferguson date is met. Unfortunately, on the 30th of March Nurmagomedov said that a recently invoked travel ban in Russia will prevent him from traveling anywhere else to fight.
Regardless of whether the current date is met, this fight will take place. So, continue below for our Khabib vs Ferguson predictions and for the latest Khabib vs Ferguson betting odds.
As highlighted above, this fight has been scheduled to take place on four previous occasions without success. There have been various circumstances as to why the previous meetings did not take place including the fact they each have suffered from injuries.
However, both men now appear fit and it will be Khabib who comes into the fight as the favourite with the bookmakers. The Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson betting odds have the former at just 3/10 with Bet365 to come out on top.
The Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson stats show the Dagestani has always enjoyed dominance over his opponents and he will believe this fight will be no different. Khabib holds an undefeated record of 28-0, which is an incredible statistic and could make it 29-0 come the end of this contest.
If Khabib can take Ferguson down, it is unlikely he is going to be getting back up. Throughout his career he has managed to take down almost all of his opponents and will be coming into this fight confident he will be able to do the same. Many Khabib vs Tony Ferguson betting tips are predicting the former will win due to his fantastic record but what about the chances of his opponent?
We have more Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson predictions below.
2. Khabib vs Ferguson Odds
Ferguson holds the record for consecutive wins in the UFC lightweight division, which stands at 12. However, he is joined on that record by Khabib and will want to be the one to make it 13 at the expense of his opponent.
Since his loss against Michael Johnson In May 2012, Ferguson has been on a tremendous run of results in UFC. He has successfully defeated every opponent that has been put in his way including most recently Donald Cerrone in June 2019. The fight ended in round two thanks to a TKO and it was the second fight in succession where Ferguson won by this method.
Ferguson is now regarded as one of the most lethal mixed martial artists in the world. He is also one of the most unorthodox and unpredictable fighters currently in UFC. Ferguson’s cardio is not in doubt and he has more than enough gas in the tank to go the distance in this fight. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, Ferguson is great at fighting off his back and that’s exactly where Khabib will be aiming to put him.
The Khabib vs Ferguson betting odds at Bet365 have Ferguson as the outsider priced at 5/2 but given the details above, he should not be underestimated.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson Where to Watch
There will be a Khabib vs Ferguson live stream available for fans around the world. ESPN+ has the exclusive rights to many of the UFC fights but this might not be available in your country. If that's the case, you can always try one of the leading online sports bookmakers such as 1xBet or Bet365 for live streaming of the event.