UFC 242 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier: ‘The Punching Parlay’ Special


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 8:02 AM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 8:02 AM UTC

The stage is set, weigh-ins will commence this Friday in preparation for one of the biggest UFC PPV events of 2019. UFC 242 live from the beautiful Abu Dhabi.

<div><h2 align="center"><strong>UFC Lightweight Championship</strong></h2><h2 align="center"><strong>Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier </strong></h2><p align="center"><strong>UFC 242 takes place on Saturday 7<sup>th</sup> September live from the Du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.</strong></p><h2><strong><u>Khabib Nurmagomedov </u></strong></h2><p><strong>Age: </strong>30<br /><strong>Record: </strong>27-0-0<br /><strong>Height: </strong>5ft 10”<br /><strong>Reach: </strong>70”<br /><strong>Current Streak: </strong>27 wins<br /><strong>Gym: </strong>American Kick-Boxing Academy (AKA)<br /><strong>Notable Gym Members: </strong>Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez &amp; Alejandro Perez</p><p><strong><u>Significant Strikes</u> </strong></p><p><strong>Landed Per Min: </strong>4.29<br /><strong>Accuracy: </strong>49%<br /><strong>Defence: </strong>66%<br /><br /><strong><u>Grappling</u><br /><br />Takedown Average: </strong>5.09<br /><strong>Takedown Accuracy: </strong>44%<br /><strong>Takedown Defended: </strong>88%</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;This Saturday, Khabib returns to the octagon 336 days after his last fight...&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Where were you when The Eagle stopped McGregor in the fourth round?&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFC242?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#UFC242&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/KhAs4uCpgs\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/KhAs4uCpgs&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/btsportufc/status/1168479787796652032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 2, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Disciplined by the bucket load (Judo Black Belt, Sambo/Pankration/Army Hand-to-Hand Combat in the International Master of sports) and emulated by few, it’s hard to pick faults with the UFC’s Lightweight Champion Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov. Fighting proud from Dagestan in Russia, Khabib has dominated the Lightweight division since the moment he signed with the company back in 2012.</p><p>It will be 11 months since we last saw Khabib attempting to land a flying kick on the outside of the octogen which cost him his opportunity to fight legally and earn a pay-cheque. A round four neck crank victory wasn’t enough for Khabib, he defeated Conor McGregor and instantly launched himself towards the crowd where Dillion Danis was seated alongside a bunch of McGregor’s teammates.</p><p>Whilst Khabib suffered at the hands of suspension for the past 10 months, we watched Dustin Poirier defeat Max Holloway for the interim Lightweight title which automatically produced a fight for Khabib’s return.</p><p>Abu Dhabi is the location and Khabib will be heavily supported by the United Arab Emirate locals. He can handle the pressure as the heel, but now Khabib has the pressure of a different kind. His family, friends and largest fan base will all be under one roof. I personally have no fear, Khabib has confidence only the elite possess, his unforgiving pressure and the heavy top game should not be affected by nerves based on the location or magnitude of the event.</p><p>Undefeated in 27 fights or holing a 27-fight win-streak, however you put it… Khabib has barely lost a round in his fighting career, let alone five. I think an elite wrestler to match Khabib doesn’t exist in the Lightweight division, we’ll need to see Khabib step up a weight class before we witness the streak come to an end.</p><h2><strong><u>Dustin Poirier</u></strong></h2><p><strong>Age: </strong>30<br /><strong>Record: </strong>25-5-0<br /><strong>Height: </strong>5ft 9”<br /><strong>Reach: </strong>72”<br /><strong>Current Streak: </strong>5 wins<br /><strong>Gym: </strong>American Top Team<br /><strong>Notable Gym Members:</strong> Amanda Nunes, JDS &amp; Colby Covington</p><p><strong><u>Significant Strikes</u> </strong></p><p><strong>Landed Per Min: </strong>5.75<br /><strong>Accuracy: </strong>49%<br /><strong>Defence: </strong>56%</p><p><strong><u>Grappling</u></strong></p><p><strong>Takedown Average: </strong>1.63<br /><strong>Takedown Accuracy: </strong>37%<br /><strong>Takedown Defended: </strong>69%</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Dustin Poirier vs Anthony Pettis &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/tsoCWBJo0u\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/tsoCWBJo0u&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— UFC Unwrapped (@UFCunwrapped) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/UFCunwrapped/status/1166992458720239616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;August 29, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Dustin Poirier, one of the most resilient veterans In the UFC Lightweight division has finally landed himself the title shot he always dreamed off. A young boy from Lafayette, Louisiana rapidly shot through the MMA amateur scene going 7-0. When signed by the WEC, Poirier was drafted into the UFC roster when the two companies merged.</p><p>8 years and 21 fights later Poirier has only come up short on four occasions. On top of that, he’s a finish or be finished type of fighter with just 8 from 21 fights ending by decision. Precision striking and countless combinations have lead Poirier’s game plan for the majority of his fight’s.</p><p>Poirier doesn’t get matched up against wrestlers all that often, and why would the UFC put one of their glamourous strikers up against a wrestler? Exactly, they wouldn’t. The good thing about championship fights is that they aren’t always stylistically matched. How does Poirier handle what nobody else could?</p><h2><strong><u>At the end of the day </u></strong></h2><p>I don’t see Poirier dictating where this fight takes place. If Anthony Pettis can control Poirier against the cage then I’m more than confident that Khabib can do 10x more. If Poirier can’t keep the fight standing (where he would be having the advantage) then it leaves no path to victory for the interim champ. Am I supposed to bet on Poirier based on a punchers chance? A straight knock-out isn’t Poirier’s style, a flurry of strikes ending in a technical knockout is what suits Poirier and I think Khabib isn’t fazed by any of this.</p><p>A technical striker who needs an accumulative amount of strikes for success or the elite wrestler who is undefeated. I’ll take the Russian for his 28<sup>th</sup> consecutive victory. Khabib Nurmagomedov will be the first leg of the UFC 242 punching parlay special.</p><p align="center"><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="UFC Betting Odds"><strong>Punching Parlay 1<sup>st</sup> Leg: Khabib Nurmagomedov [1.32] [2/7] @ Bet365</strong></a></p><h2 align="center"><strong>UFC Lightweight Bout</strong></h2><h2 align="center"><strong>Don Madge vs Fares Ziam </strong></h2><p align="center"><strong>UFC 242 takes place on Saturday 7<sup>th</sup> September live from the Du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.</strong></p><h2><strong><u>Don Madge</u></strong></h2><p><strong>Age: </strong>28<br /><strong>Record: </strong>8-3-1<br /><strong>Height: </strong>6ft”<br /><strong>Reach: </strong>72.5”<br /><strong>Current Streak: </strong>5 wins<br /><strong>Gym: </strong>Coach Quan University<br /><strong>Notable Gym Members:</strong> N/A</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Don Madge finishes Edwards in R2 with a CLEAN head kick!&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/50k?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#50k&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFCMoncton?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#UFCMoncton&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/MGl5DrkqKj\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/MGl5DrkqKj&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— World of MMA (@CM_fights) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/CM_fights/status/1056331707387912192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 27, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>After shocking the world in his UFC debut with around two head kick finish, Dom is now back in the spotlight fighting last-minute replacement Fares Ziam. Totally underestimated against Te Edwards, Dom Madge has earnt his respect from the bookmaker as he steps in as the favourite in Abu Dhabi. An absolute phenomenal knock-out couldn’t have been a more perfect start to Dom’s UFC venture.</p><p>The original fight scheduled was set to be an exciting one. Unfortunately, Magomed Mustafaev had to pull out and now we have Fares Ziam step in late. Fight of the night potential bout cancelled, we now have the Frenchmen Ziam test his skills in the UFC.</p><h2><strong><u>Fares Ziam </u></strong></h2><p><strong>Age: </strong>22<br /><strong>Record: </strong>10-2-0<br /><strong>Height: </strong>6ft 1”<br /><strong>Reach: </strong>Unknown<br /><strong>Current Streak: </strong>5 wins<br /><strong>Gym: </strong>Team Ezbiri<br /><strong>Notable Gym Members:</strong> N/A</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🤯 MASSIVE Head Kick KO !&lt;br /&gt;🇫🇷 Fares Ziam (10-2)&lt;br /&gt;🗓 UFC DEBUT this Saturday!&lt;br /&gt;🇦🇪 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFC242?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#UFC242&lt;/a&gt; - Abu Dhabi&lt;br /&gt;🆚 Don Madge 🇿🇦 (8-3)&lt;br /&gt;•&lt;br /&gt;🎥- Lyon Fighting &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/GqSdJoxErL\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/GqSdJoxErL&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Mikey Thomas (@MikeyThomasMMA) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MikeyThomasMMA/status/1168783497600937984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 3, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Fares Ziam is making his UFC debut at such a young age. 22 years of age and making your debut at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi headlined by Khabib must be exciting but also daunting.</p><p>Impressive in grappling and solid on the feet, much like his opponent he has countless wins by stoppage. Ziam has only seen the judge’s scorecards once in 12 fights. Two blemishes on the Frenchmen’s record have both came by submission, which could be the path to victory Dom Madge may be planning for if Ziam decides to try and take this one to the ground.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong><u>At the end of the day</u></strong></h2><p>Dom Madge out-classes Fares in the striking department. The aggression Madge brings to the cage is like no other, constant output from Madge in all departments whether that’s defending or attacking. The skill level of Don Madge is no joke, Te Edwards was destined to be a top prospect for the UFC and Dom Madge made light work of the hype train.</p><p>I do think we might see a few takedowns from Ziam but nothing that will trouble Madge, the cancelled bout seems like a gift for Madge as getting the job done inside the distance has become an easier battle now, he’s facing Ziam. Let’s close this special edition of the punching parlay with Dom Madge.</p><p align="center"><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="UFC Betting Odds"><strong>Punching Parlay 2<sup>nd</sup> Leg: Dom Madge [1.57] [4/7] @ Bet365</strong></a></p><h2><strong><u>Punching Parlay Wrap Up</u></strong></h2><ul> <li> <p><em>Khabib Nurmagomedov to win <strong>[1.28] [2/7]</strong></em></p> </li> <li> <p><em>Dom Madge to win <strong>[1.57] [4/7]</strong></em></p> </li></ul><h2><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="UFC Betting Odds"><strong>Parlay/Accumulator Odds: [2.01] [1/1] with Bet365</strong></a></h2><p align="center" style="margin-left:0.25in">The Weekly Punching Parlay is documented and trackable through our fighting section on the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/fighting">Odds Market</a> website.</p><p align="center" style="margin-left:0.25in">DaveBets on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/DaveBets_">HERE</a></p></div>
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