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UFC 242 Khabib vs. Poirier Betting Odds, Predictions and Tips

Posted by: Mike Davis
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A clear difference is immediately apparent for UFC 242 Khabib vs. Poirier.  The UFC lightweight championship will be on the line when defending champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces challenger Dustin Poirier.  Now Khabib opened as a strong -450 UFC online betting favorite to win the bout.  But Poirier is a top tier contender with past wins over some of the biggest name brands in Mixed Martial Arts.  All told there will be a total of five bouts on the main card for this event being held in glamorous Abu Dhabi.  Two more Preliminary Cared bouts can be seen on FX.

UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier – Saturday, September 7th

When: Saturday, September 7, 2 p.m. ET
Where: The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TV: ESPN+
Stream: Fight Pass

UFC 242 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Dustin Poirier +360 Khabib Nurmagomedov -450

Main Card

Additionally, there will be three lightweight bouts scheduled with the championship bout. Edson Barboza will face Paul Felder and Islam Makhachev is up against Davi Ramos. Also, on the main card is a lightweight match between Mairbek Taisumov and Carlos Diego Ferreira. Heavyweight action will feature Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abudurakhimov.

Preliminary Card

Namely, Ottman Azatiar will meet Teemu Packalen in a lightweight bout. And in women’s bantamweight action Liana Jojua will face Sarah Moras.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

At the onset of his championship fight against Dustin Poirier is the stellar reputation of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Starting with the fact that he has never suffered a UFC online betting loss for his career. UFC chairman Dana White is also a big fan of Khabib. Consider that Khabib’s fight against Connor McGregor was the top-rated Mixed Martial Arts pay per view buys in history. To put it another way, Khabib moves the needle-like few other fighters. Naturally, gamblers gravitate to the undefeated record. Khabib is currently ranked as the second-best pound for pound fighter in UFC.

Nurmagomedov Current Form

Accordingly, Khabib is coming off a fourth-round submission win over Connor McGregor for the Lightweight championship. The fight took place in Las Vegas on October 6, 2018. It was Khabib’s first title defense after winning the belt against Al Iaquinta.

Dustin Poirier

By contrast, Dustin Poirier is ranked eighth in the UFC pound for pound rankings. He has been a professional MMA fighter for the past 10 years. Specifically, his wins over past champions Max Holloway (twice) Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, and Anthony Pettis earned him respect. Owing to those wins is a sense that he has at least some kind of chance against Khabib.

Poirier Current Form

Last time out for Poirier was a unanimous decision win over Max Holloway at UFC 236 on April 13, 2019. Before that Poirier scored a second-round technical knockout win over Eddie Alvarez.

Poirier vs. Khabib Betting Numbers

Record: Khabib (27-0-0), Poirier (24-5-0, 1 NC)
Last Fight: Both fighters are coming off wins
Country: Khabib is from Russia and Poirier is from the United States
Height: Khabib 5’ 10”, Poirier 5’ 9”
Weight: Khabib 155 pounds, Poirier 155 pounds
Reach: Khabib 70 inches, Poirier 72 inches
Leg Reach: Khabib 40 inches, Poirier 40.5 inches
Win by KO/TKO: Khabib 31%, Poirier 54%
Win by Submission: Khabib 31%, Poirier 25%
Average Fight Time: Khabib 13:56, Poirier 21%
Knockdown Average: Khabib 0.2, Poirier 0.8
Strikes Landed per Minute: Khabib 4.29, Poirier 5.59

Strikes Significant: Khabib 49%, Poirier 49%
Absorbed Strikes  per Minute: Khabib 1.7, Poirier 3.69
Defense: Khabib 66%, Poirier 56%
Average Takedown: Khabib 5.09, Poirier 1.75
Accuracy Takedown: Khabib 44%, Poirier 41%
Takedown Defense: Khabib 84%, Poirier 69%
Submission Average: Khabib 0.59, Poirier 1.32

Khabib vs. Poirier Betting Picks

On this occasion, we have the “Giant Killer” Poirier going up against a man in Khabib that is undefeated with legal betting. Though this may be a close fight to some the fact remains Khabib’s level of dominance is second to none.

UFC Fight Prediction: Khabib Nurmagomedov