Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson, UFC249, 18th / 19th April 2020
Three UFC events have already had to bow to the corona pandemic and have been canceled. However, the long-awaited fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson (UFC 249) is not up for grabs.
UFC President: “The fight is taking place”
It is a duel of superlatives and clichés. Russia against the USA, Islam against Christianity – it is easy to stylize the fight to a “Cold War”. But even without a martial vocabulary, this is already the fight of the year for UFC and sports betting fans, and according to UFC President Dana White, it should also take place “under all circumstances”.
“Maybe not in the United States, but the fight is taking place.” This is what White said this week at the American special-interest broadcaster ESPN. “We will stick to the guidelines and have fewer than ten people in the room if the situation doesn’t improve by April.” In that case, the fight would become “one of the biggest pay-per-view events ever”.
White has caused controversy several times because he didn’t seem to take the COVID-19 outbreak seriously and called the corona virus a “bullshit”.
Las Vegas may not be the venue, but that’s no reason for White to cancel the fight. Abu Dhabi is currently under discussion as an alternative. Nothing should change on the date, the night of April 18-19, however.
The organizers underlined their determination on Instagram. If necessary, the picture should tell us, the fight takes place on the moon.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson
It is the main battle of the UFC 249 and it is a battle of the titans. Both fighters have been unbeaten in their careers so far. Ferguson’s battle record is 25-3-0, Nurmagomedov is even at 28-0-0, holding the UFC’s longest winning streak to date.
The Nurmagomedov fight against Conor McGregor was one of the most seen MMA fights of all time, but the duel against Tony Ferguson is said to be even bigger.
“It makes no difference to the fighters whether there are spectators,” said Javier Mendez, Nurmagomedov’s coach and chair of the American Kickboxing Academy in California. “They may not like it because they prefer to fight in front of an audience, but it doesn’t matter when it starts.”
However, both UFC officials ignored a piquant information about the fight: The fight Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson was supposed to take place in 2015, but has been postponed four times since then – without a global pandemic.
Nevertheless, it should finally be ready in the coming month. All major bookmakers have equipped the fight with an extensive range of bets, which suggests that they trust the organizers. The fight would definitely be a win for the thirsty sports market.
Battle markets of the struggle Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson
The location of the event also plays a subordinate role for sports betting fans in front of the monitor. It is more important, however, which betting providers have included the fight in their program.
Our top three providers all have bets on Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson, but they’re not the only ones. What they all have in common is that they see Nurmagomedov clearly ahead. We present the betting odds for Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson as an example.
Winning bets and odds Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson
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