After being booked to face each other four times already and having something interfere on each of those occasions, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem destined not to fight. However, just 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 in 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 a black belt in judo, Khabib excels in suffocating his opponent possibly more than any other fighter in the UFC. Nurmagomedov is relentless in his pursuit of the takedown, and 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 has a deadly array of punches and knees that can easily set up a T/KO victory.
Ferguson, the current interim champion, is 13-1 in the UFC and enters this fight on a 10-fight win streak. “El Cucuy” is excellent at using his reach to his advantage in the standup game, but is a volume striker who likes to push the pace. He has knockout power in both hands while also demonstrating a varied arsenal on his feet. Ferguson is not just a striker, as nine of his 23 career victories have come via submission. His slick movement and aggressive style put opponents in awkward positions that he capitalizes on.