Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier Prediction & Betting Odds - UFC 242 Tips

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier Prediction

Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) puts his lightweight title on the line against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (25-5-0, 1NC) at UFC 242 on Saturday evening as part of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week at The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The reigning undisputed champion, Nurmagomedov will be looking to unify the belt against the new interim champion, Poirier. The 30 year-old Russian’s last fight saw him beat Conor McGregor with a Rear Naked Choke in Round 4 of their bout in October 2018.

During his current four-fight winning streak, 30 year-old American Poirier has beaten some top quality UFC strikers in Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Max Holloway. The underdog he might be, but Poirier should have every reason to believe he has a chance of causing an upset here.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier Betting Lines & Tips

Unsurprisingly given his flawless 100% fight record, the majority of UFC predictions favour Khabib Nurmagomedov to win going into this fight. 

Dustin Poirier is a dangerous opponent though and if he can make this predominantly a stand-up fight, he has a chance, with him having the edge on Nurmagomedov in terms of punches, kicks, knees and elbows. The possibility of the “The Diamond” being crowned lightweight champion at the end of this fight cannot be dismissed. 

However, Nurmagomedov is so adept at taking his opponents to the canvas and such a powerful wrestler once on the mat, that it’s difficult to see how Poirier will be able to last the full fight distance.

The Russian superstar is highly favoured in the betting lines, with his UFC 242 betting odds at -395 (1.25) at Sports Interaction, while the best line on Poirier is at +350 (4.50) with bet365.

For those backing the Russian, the ‘Method of Victory’ betting market could provide the value, where Nurmagomedov to Win by KO, TKO or DQ is on offer at +460 (5.60) with Sports Interaction.

UFC 242 Tips: Method of Victory – Khabib Nurmagomedov to Win by KO, TKO or DQ @ +460 (5.60) with Sports Interaction

Khabib Nurmagomedov to Win by KO, TKO or DQ @ +460 (5.60)