Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier UFC Predictions & Tips - 9/7/2019
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) will battle Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier (25-5-0) at UFC 242 in The Arena on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The opening odds have Nurmagomedov priced at -333 while Poirier is at +225.
Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov puts it on the line with 27 wins and 0 losses. The Dagestan, Russia fighter is 30 years old, steps on the scale at 155 lbs and stands 5'10" tall. He has a 70.0" reach and fights in the lightweight division. Nurmagomedov has a total of 13 fights in the UFC. The last time he walked into the Octagon, Nurmagomedov walked away with the victory in round 4 against Conor McGregor by submission. In the lightweight division, he is 14th in strikes with 953 and 58th out of all fighters in the UFC.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Khabib Nurmagomedov sits at 145th in the UFC and 25th in the lightweight division landing 58.2% of the shots he's thrown. He also has a total of 31 takedowns which puts him at 39th in the UFC and 10th in the lightweight division. Nurmagomedov finishes 34.8% of his takedown tries which puts him at 286th in the UFC and 60th of all fighters in his division. He sits at 17th of all fighters in his division and 59th in the UFC for significant strikes with 634. Of those significant strikes, 554 of them were pointed at the head while 52 of them were aimed at the midsection which puts him at 4th and 46th respectively of all fighters in his division.
At UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta, he walked away with the victory via unanimous decision in the 5th round when he squared up with Al Iaquinta. In the fight before that, Nurmagomedov walked away with the victory in the third round when he squared up with Edson Barboza at UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm by unanimous decision.
Stepping into the Octagon for this fight, Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier has a total of 25 wins and 5 losses. The 30-year-old hailing from Coconut Creek, FL is 5'9" tall and weighs in at 155 lbs. The USA fighter competes in the lightweight division and has a 72.0" reach. He has racked up a total of 21 fights in the UFC. Dustin Poirier stepped out of the Octagon with a victory by unanimous decision when he fought Max Holloway in his most recent fight at UFC 236 - Atlanta 2019. Concerning strikes, Poirier is 22nd out of all fighters in the UFC and 5th of all fighters in the division with 1,314.
Concerning strike accuracy, he is connecting on 53.4% of the strikes he throws which has him at 40th in the lightweight division and 228th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition, Poirier sits at 14th in the lightweight division and 53rd in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a total of 24 takedowns. Ranked 39th of all fighters in the division and 217th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Poirier completes 41.4% of his takedown attempts. With 1,100 significant strikes, he sits at 11th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 4th of all fighters in the division. Poirier sits at 18th of all fighters in the division for significant strikes pointed at the midsection with 107 and 2nd for significant strikes aimed at the head with 854. At UFC Fight Night: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2, he stepped out of the Octagon with a victory via stoppage in the second round when he fought Eddie Alvarez. In the fight before that, Poirier stepped out of the Octagon with a victory in the fourth round when he fought Justin Gaethje at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Gaethje by stoppage.
When looking at this fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier, you will want to understand how these two fighters measure up to each other. Khabib Nurmagomedov lands punches more accurately, while landing 58.2% of his punches which tells us Dustin Poirier will want to watch out for big punches. When talking about physical measurements, we should first take a look at Khabib Nurmagomedov who is 5'10" and the fighter standing opposite the Octagon stands 5'9". When talking about reach, Nurmagomedov extends 70.0" while Poirier measures out at 72.0" meaning Nurmagomedov should consider closing the distance so Dustin Poirier won't be able to use it to his advantage. Nurmagomedov is the older fighter in this matchup at 31 years old while Poirier is the younger combatant in this fight at 30 years old. In terms of experience in the UFC, Nurmagomedov has 13 fights giving him a disadvantage in UFC experience while Poirier has fought 21 fights in the UFC. Concerning overall mixed martial arts experience, Nurmagomedov has 27 wins and 0 defeats while Dustin Poirier holds an overall mixed martial arts record 25 wins and 5 defeats.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Khabib Nurmagomedov (-333)
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