Now that the talks about the unconfirmed McGregor-Mayweather boxing match have dialed down, online UFC betting fans can dial in on the news that truly matter, like the upcoming titanic event that is UFC 209.
UFC 209 will be held on Saturday, March 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Being part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, Paradise is a great place to host the rematch between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley. However, there are those who thought that the UFC dropped the ball by not booking the Diaz brothers.
Longtime MMA betting fans will recall the numerous times that Nick or Nate Diaz would yell ‘209’ into the camera in order to rep their hometown by yelling Stockton’s area code as often as they could. Nevertheless, Dana White has publically stated that the Diaz brothers have turned down everything he’s offered them, so perhaps the blame can be shared by both parties. So while the sportsbooks won’t be putting any lines together for the Diaz brothers, there is one match that the bookies will have to predict that is perhaps even more enticing.
Specifically, the co-headlining match between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov promises to be the best we’ve seen all year. Both fighters are seasoned veterans with Nurmagomedov being the only big-league UFC fighter that has an undefeated record. To say that this is one fight sportsbook fans don’t want to miss would be a dire understatement.
ONLINE UFC BETTING ODDS – UFC 209 – Saturday, March 4th
Tony Ferguson 3 ½ (-170) +170
Khabib Nurmagomedov 3 ½ (+150) -200
Even against a fighter as formidable as Ferguson, seeing Nurmagomedov come in as the odds on favorites is no surprise. Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov comes into this bout with a flawless 24-0 record that has been raising eyes all across the world. The Eagle’s fighting style is best described as a ferocious mauling of his opponents, and in his entire MMA career Nurmagomedov has only been rocked once. Furthermore, the Russian’s jiu-jitsu is in a class of its own. There’s no doubt that Ferguson has a tremendous task laid out in front of him, but there’s also no question that Eddie Bravo will have his fighter is prepared for a vicious fight on the ground.
Not that this fight needed any further hype, but the scuffle these two got into on a conference call gave online UFC betting fans an inkling into how these fighters truly feel about each other. This fight will mark the third time the UFC has tried to schedule these two brawlers, with injuries on both sides keeping the bout from coming to fruition. So while they have never stepped into the octagon together, they’ve had plenty of time to think about the other.
On the call, Ferguson said that Nurmagomedov has agitated him and the Ferguson will try to drag the Russian into deep waters. The sportsbook favorite responded by saying that it was he who scheduled this fight and that Ferguson did nothing. Things got heated from there.