Khabib Nurmagomedov (@1.53) vs Tony Ferguson (@2.5)

Our Prediction:

Khabib Nurmagomedov will win

Khabib Nurmagomedov – Tony Ferguson Match Prediction | 30-12-2019 23:00

Hes also graded out better slightly as a power hitter, which could give him a distinct edge if this fight somehow staysoff the ground. Ferguson didnt get here without some distinct advantages of his own, of course. Healso is taller and has a big advantage in the reach department (76 to 70). Ferguson is older, but hes probably a little wiser, a little more experienced and certainly more disciplined.

Nurmagomedov has yet to lose professionally and hes proven he can win in a multitude of ways. If were looking at records alone, the logic is airtight. Hes also a fantastic takedown artist and knows how to finish fights on the ground (8 career submissions). He has displayed vicious power and elitequickness as an elite striker, helping him to 8 career KO wins. The toughness andendurance is there for Nurmagomedov, too, as hes lasted through 8 Decision wins.

He never has tough wrestling opponents and when he has wrestling opponents he all the time has problems with them, Nurmagomedov said. He beat a lot of tough guys but last nine fights he fight only one time with a wrestling guy and he lose to Danny Castillo, I think he lost this fight but other guys its all striking guys.

John Kavanagh Gives His Interesting Prediction For Tony Ferguson Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

He can also kick Nurmagomedov off and stand up, but thats easier said than done. Additionally, even if said attempts arent successful in drawing a tap, they can help Ferguson to improve his position and stand up. He can immediately fall into DArce choke formation he submitted Lando Vanatta and Edson Barboza with the maneuver, and try to submit Khabib. From the bottom, though, Ferguson will have options.

Outside of the UFC, I fight with a lot of high-level striking guys and nobody catches me. I have many fights and people still talk about my striking game but I dont know why, Nurmagomedov said. Only Michael Johnson one time catch me but I fight with Rafael dos Anjos and other top guys like [Abel] Trujillo, [Gleison] Tibau, Pat Healy, a lot of top guys in the UFC. Whats interesting, all my amateur and my professional 24 fights, maybe three or four times guys catch me in the last 12 or 13 years.

Both sides present an interesting argument; either Nurmagomedovsdominance will live on in what would be his most impressive win yet, or Fergusons blossoming career will reach new heights by handing one of the UFCs best young talents his first loss en routeto a title. Of course, MMA fans point to Khabibs vicious and unrelenting style, as well as the fact that no one has ever tamed The Eagle.

Our Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov prediction is aware of the strong punching power for Ferguson, but he is no slouch either. We expect a submission win for Ferguson with Winner. Ferguson also has a strong punching power which excels that of Nurmagomedov. Even though the Russian is extremely good, the vast improvements made by Ferguson in the last couple of years make him our pick for a win. The unbeaten record of the Russian shows the ability to take a punch. He has been known for his aggressive ability to take down opponents, while he also has a strong advantage when standing up.

Khabib vs Ferguson: styles and matchup

Hes an elite takedown artist, he can finish thefight on the ground in a variety of ways, he has displayed equally elite takedown defense and hes ridiculously active and difficult to tag. Maybe that is the case, and maybe it isnt. Regardless, from a skill-set perspective, The Eagle seems to have the edge in all of the key areas.

Khabib is an elite takedown artist, hes aggressive, he moves fast and he can finish a fightin a number of ways. Hes proven he can strike early and end fights in a flash, or he can play the slow game, take things to the ground and work his opponent down and win in a Decision. The difficult part in deciding this fight is that both fighters want this and are ridiculously tough.