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UFC 242 betting odds, tips and predictions

UFC 242 odds, tips and betting predictions

Saturday, September 7 at The Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The UFC Lightweight Championship title will be on the line when Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier lock horns at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

That is one of four lightweight bouts on the main card, while the heavyweight clash between Curtis Blaydes and Shamil Abdurakhimov completes the bill.

Let’s look at the latest UFC odds and check out the best bets for Khabib vs Poirier and the other featured fights.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier

Nurmagomedov – -454.55 at Bovada
Poirier – +330

Khabib heads to the UAE on the longest undefeated streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The last of his 27 consecutive wins came in October 2018, when he defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 229. This is Nurmagomedov’s first fight since copping a nine-month suspension and a $500k fine for attacking McGregor’s cornerman, Dillon Danis.

While Khabib was away, Poirier defeated Max Holloway by unanimous decision at UFC 236 to claim the interim UFC Lightweight Championship title. That was the Louisiana native’s fourth win on the bounce, taking his overall fight record to 25-5-1. Almost half of those victories have come by knockout.

Nurmagomedov is a quality grappler with a few serious weapons, so Poirier will have to be on top of his striking game to have any chance. While Khabib has an even spread of knockouts (eight), submissions (nine) and points decisions (10) among his 27 wins, only one of his last eight fights was settled by KO or TKO. Back the Russian to get it done either on the floor or on the score sheet.

Khabib Nurmagomedov to win by submission or points – -188.68 at Bovada

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Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder

The co-main event at UFC 242 sees Barboza (-156.25) tipped for a repeat of UFC on Fox 16, where he beat Felder (+127) by unanimous decision. But Felder is a stronger fighter than he was four years ago and brings better form into this clash, so the underdog is a decent shout here.

Paul Felder to win – -156.25 at Bovada

Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos

When will Makhachev (-370.37) get to face a ranked fighter? The 27-year-old Russian is on a five-win tear after defeating Arman Tsarukyan in April and looks ready to take a step up. While Ramos (+282) has won four fights on the bounce, he is yet to face anyone close to Makhachev’s calibre.

Islam Makhachev to win – -370.37 at Bovada

Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov

Blaydes (-500) heads to Abu Dhabi as the hottest favourite on the main card, and with good reason. The no.4 UFC heavyweight is a takedown machine and has only two losses to his name after nine fights, both against the higher-ranked Francis Ngannou. Abdurakhimov (+360) will do well just to make a show of it.

Curtis Blaydes to win – -500 at Bovada

Mairbek Taisumov vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Taisumov (-270.27) should be a ranked lightweight fighter, but his inability to secure a US visa has hindered his career progress to date. Ferreira (+214) has dodged doping bans, weigh-in issues and kidney stones to put together a four-fight streak, but the Brazilian’s winning run will come to an end in the UAE.

Mairbek Taisumov to win – -270.27 at Bovada

UFC 242 multi bet odds

  • Khabib by points or submission
  • Felder to win
  • Mackhachev to win
  • Blaydes to win
  • Taisumov to win

Bovada multi odds = +625

If we put our UFC 242 betting tips into a multi bet at Bovada, we get a tidy return of +625 for five very winnable legs. If you want a bit more from a parlay of that scope, you can take Khabib to win by points decision (+200) or to win by submission (+200) and thus boost the total payout into double digits.

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