UFC 223 - Ferguson vs Khabib Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions

Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov collide in the UFC 223 main event while Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces Rose Namajunas in a rematch.
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Ferguson vs Khabib
April 08,2018
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Ferguson and Nurmagomedov finally meet for lightweight supremacy at UFC 223

After several failed attempts to get them in the octagon together, Tony Ferguson (23-3) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0) will soon finally go head to head at UFC 223.

Such an exciting match-up has been scheduled and cancelled on three separate occasions in the last three years, but they will now meet in the main event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Providing that both men remain fit and healthy and make weight, the highly awaited clash will be for the undisputed UFC lightweight championship.

Current champion Conor McGregor has been inactive in the organisation since clinching the belt historically in November 2016, and therefore will lose it to the victor of this UFC 223 headliner.

With the 155lbs crown up for grabs and a potential blockbuster encounter with ‘the Notorious’ on the horizon for the winner, there are high stakes on the line for both fighters.

It’s Russian grappler Nurmagomedov that will enter the cage as the odds-on 8/15 favourite with Betfair to prevail in this long anticipated meeting, after nine straight wins in the UFC.

Meanwhile, California native Ferguson is seen at 21/10 with William Hill to come out on top in an interesting battle between two of the best lightweights in the world.

Ferguson and Khabib collide for lightweight championship in headliner

The stakes were previously raised when UFC president Dana White admitted that the undisputed title, rather than the interim, would be on the line in this lightweight bout.

Both Ferguson and Khabib will take to the octagon on the back of highly impressive form in previous outings.

‘El Cucuy’ is enjoying a 10-fight wining streak, dating back to October 2013, a run which subsequently set the record for most consecutive victories in the 155lbs division.

The 34-year-old last overcame Kevin Lee in October with a third-round submission success and he is 7/1 with Paddy Power to make his next Russian rival tap out too.

Ferguson clinically outpointed Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos before that last triumph and the American is 7/1 with Betfair to earn the nod of the judges this time around as well.

Although, Nurmagomedov has showed no sign of weakness in his career to date, having rampantly charged through every opponent he has faced. He is unbeaten in 25 MMA fights, including nine straight in the UFC.

The 29-year-old rallied to a points victory over Edson Barboza in December in a Performance of the Night outing, and he is 2/1 with Betfair to outpoint Ferguson here.

Both Ferguson and Khabib are immense grapplers, an aspect which could make this a highly tactical affair in New York, but ‘the Eagle’ is a promising 9/2 with Coral to come out on top via submission.

Rose Namajunas defends strawweight crown in Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch

Rose Namajunas (7-3) stunned former dominant UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1) when brutally stopping her in the opening round of their first fight last November.

The currently reigning title holder will next defend her crown in a rematch with the dethroned Polish fighter in the co-main event in the Big Apple.

Despite that knockout defeat at the hands of ‘Thug Rose’ in their initial match-up, Jedrzejczyk will enter the second scuffle as the odds-on 8/11 favourite once again with Ladbrokes.

The defending champion is regarded at 6/4 with Betway to secure a second successive victory over her rival, though.

Namajunas was able to overcome the intimidating Pole both mentally and physically during the build-up and in the heat of battle last time out. Was it a one-off upset or has she got Jedrzejczyk’s number?

The 25-year-old is 9/2 with William Hill to cement her status as champion with a second consecutive KO triumph at UFC 223, while a decision win can be backed at 13/2 from Betfair.

Jedrzejczyk will enter at 17/10 with Paddy Power to win back the belt on points, with a more emphatic knockout victory being 4/1 with William Hill to occur on a potentially epic night in Brooklyn.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is 2/1 to win by decision with Paddy Power

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