Nurmagomedov Opens As Betting Favorite Over Poirier For Title Fight

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov opens as (-400) betting favorite over lightweight title challenger Dustin Poirier (+300) in their upcoming matchup.
  • Former lightweight interim champ and possible future title challenger Tony Ferguson wins via doctor’s stoppage at UFC 238.
  • Ferguson comments on Poirier’s chances for title matchup with Nurmagomedov.


LAS VEGAS – UFC 238 took place this past weekend at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The fight card featured a plethora of matchups including one with the former UFC interim lightweight champion in a possible title eliminator matchup.

Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson fought Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a lightweight matchup, winning via doctor’s stoppage in a fast-paced affair. Ferguson previously was slated to fight current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov multiple times, with the bout never materializing due to improper weight cuts for Nurmagomedov and later a freak injury for Ferguson.

Ferguson ranked number two in the UFC lightweight rankings, sports a 12-fight winning streak in the UFC. The longest current winning streak in the UFC’s lightweight division. Ferguson gave his comments on the upcoming UFC lightweight title matchup featuring elite grappler Khabib Nurmagomedov versus powerful puncher Dustin Poirier to mixed martial arts news site MMA Junkie.

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“Dustin, he plays a lot against the ropes,” said, Tony Ferguson. “But the kid needs to get his back off the ropes... Once you get your back against the cage, Khabib’s going to take you down, double-leg you, he’s going to mount you like that dummy, and play smash and grab. That’s how I see that playing out.”

Ferguson’s comments could affect the future betting odds for the September lightweight title matchup which Dustin Poirier earned with the help of his heavy punching power and sleek boxing in his previous interim title fight. Nurmagomedov is the betting favorite at (-400) while Poirier comes in as the underdog at (+300), according to online bookmaker Bovada.

UFC 242 Nurmagomedov versus Poirier will be held in Abu Dhabi on September 7, 2019. There are still three months before the fight materializes, and is sure Ferguson’s comments have plenty of time to alter betting lines for the lightweight title fight if both fighters remain healthy for the matchup.