Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson Betting and Odds Preview – April 19, 2020
*Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 19, 2020 match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is cancelled for now.
After a lot of speculation and unconfirmed rumours of the fight going ahead, it is now official that the title fight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson is definitely on.
The lightweight championship title bout is going to take place on 18 April at Barclays Center in New York. The glamorous fight night is the headliner of the UFC 249 card and it sure promises to be the greatest fight of the year.
Both fighters go into this fight with everything on the line, but it is clear that the Dagestani lightweight champion has got more to lose. He has got a much more illustrious career than El Cucuy and is undefeated in all of his 28 UFC fights. What’s more, Nurmagomedov has only lost one round in his entire UFC career and that is something that no other UFC fighter has managed to do thus far.
Opposite Nurmagomedov will be Ferguson, who is in a more than decent form himself. He has won 12 matches in a row in the last seven years and comes into this fight ready to reclaim his lightweight UFC title which was taken away from him because of an injury.
Bookmakers have come out with enticing UFC odds for the fight which has already been cancelled four times before and will therefore hope that this time around the fight does indeed go ahead. It is obvious from those odds that Khabib is a strong favourite to defend his title once again, but it is also clearly visible that UFC betting operators believe that Ferguson is a worthy opponent and can spring a surprise here.
Event Date: April 19, 2020
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is Sports Interaction’s favourite as he is given odds of 4/9 while Tony Ferguson comes as somewhat of an underdog with his odds of 33/20. This is in no way surprising as both of these fighters come into the fight knowing who the favourite is in spite of Ferguson’s 7 year, 12-match undefeated streak.
This means that it is business as usual in the Nurmagomedov camp, but they still take this bout very seriously. In fact, Khabib has even spoken about how he sees the McGregor vs Cerrone fight as something of a minor league fight and that he feels that his challenger is their superior at the moment.
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In terms of the odds, the people at Royal Panda make Khabib Nurmagomedov their favourite and give him odds of 2/5 to win here. Tony Ferguson will do well to stay in the fight as long as possible according to Royal Panda as they give him higher odds of 39/20.
Nurmagomedov has defended the UFC lightweight title which he won it against Al Iaquinta two times. It will almost be two years to the day when he tries to defend it for the third time against Ferguson and he will hope that the fight will go in pretty much the same way as his other two title defences against McGregor and Poirier.
Ferguson for his part will try to build on his 12-match winning streak and add Nurmagomedov’s name on the list of casualties which already includes greats such as Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, and Kevin Lee.
Betway is a Maltese sports betting operator which prides itself on offering its punters a top quality UFC betting offer. Khabib Nurmagomedov is Betway’s favourite when it comes to the lightweight title fight as they give him odds of 4/9 which are significantly lower when compared to Tony Ferguson’s odds of 7/4.
Khabib is a real machine in the Octagon and he is currently deep into preparations for his fight against Ferguson. This tells you all you need to know about how seriously the Dagestani champion is taking this fight.
Both Khabib and later on his father have spoken about the great respect they have for the very versatile opponent they are about to face and the fact that they have prepared for this fight four times before will definitely mean that every aspect of Ferguson’s fighting style has already been covered several times over. This means that even at odds of 4/9 picking Khabib here can be very rewarding.
William Hill is one of the most renowned British sports betting operators. It has been in the business of sports betting for many years and their UFC offer for the lightweight championship fight reflects this.
As with most other bookmakers, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the clear favourite to win this fight and defend his title with William Hill too as he is given favourite’s odds of 4/9. Tony Ferguson on the other hand, will have an uphill struggle to defeat a fighter who has never lost a fight in his career and it is only logical that he gets higher odds of 7/4.
However, these higher odds don’t mean that Ferguson will simply down weapons and give up. El Cucuy is nothing if not a resilient fighter and he will fight until every atom of his strength has been drained.
What’s more, the fact that Khabib puts everything on the line in this fight will mean that by beating him in this five-round bout Tony Ferguson can brag for years to come that he was the one who brought the increasing use of the ‘It’s Khabib time’ phrase to an abrupt end.