UFC 223 Odds: Khabib Nurmagomedov opens as massive favorite over Max Holloway!
Undefeated lightweight contedner Khabib Nurmagomedov has opened up as a massive betting favorite for his newly announced UFC 223 lightweight title fight with current featherweight title holder Max Holloway.
“The Eagle” is currently listed as a -505 betting favorite for his lightweight championship fight with the “Blessed” Hawaiian who is listed as the +365 underdog.
Per @MMAOddsBreaker, Khabib Nurmagomedov is a -505 betting favorite over Max Holloway +365 for lw title fight.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 2, 2018
“Per @MMAOddsBreaker, Khabib Nurmagomedov is a -505 betting favorite over Max Holloway +365 for lw title fight.” – Brett Okamoto
Earlier this evening, following multiple reports from Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White broke the shocking news that current UFC interim lightweight title holder Tony Ferguson had suffered a knee injury and would be replaced by Max Holloway against Khabib Nurmagomedov at next weekend’s UFC 223 event.
BOOM!!!!!! We got Khabib vs The Champ Max Holloway for the 155lb title this Saturday in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/quvI3UqGXh
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 1, 2018
The brash UFC boss then proceeded to tell ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway would be for the undisputed UFC lightweight title, meaning both Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will be stripped of their respective straps.
Tony Ferguson would later address his fans on social media with the following emotional statment.
“Words can’t explain how hurt, frustrated and angry and in disbelief I am right now. As I was completing my UFC Pre-Fight Media obligations on Friday I had an accident on a studio set that tore a ligiment in my knee. My doctor and the UFC doctor both said I can’t fight and one is saying I need surgery, so I will see a specialist to make the final determination on how I can heal up and get back in there to defend my belt ASAP. I want to apologize to all the fans, the UFC, Khabib, my teammates, my coaches, my friends and most importantly my family. Happy Easter to everyone out there, I believe there is a silver lining in this nightmare of reality, because this ain’t an Aprils Fools. Good health and blessings to you all!” – Tony Ferguson
Khabib Nurmagomedov also weighed in on the news, sending messages to both “El Cucuy” and “The Notorious” (see that here).
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