UFC fever is spreading across the world. Dana White did everything in his power to fulfill what he said once the COVID-19 pandemic started. If you forgot, the president of the biggest and most popular organization in the MMA world stated that the UFC would be the first major sport to come back after the lockdown.
Truth to be told, he had some plans to continue with the fights with the lockdown on, but California’s Governor prevented that from happening. Yet, we won’t spend too much time on that. Our focus here is on what is going to happen next, and it seems that there would be some pretty nasty fights in the future.
As always, the top names are attracting the biggest attention. Right now, the three guys who are in the center of attention are Frances Ngannou, Justin Gaethje, and Conor McGregor.
Ngannou is filling the headlines because of his possible fights with either Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier.
Whichever takes place would be a blockbuster have no doubt about it. In both, the French-Cameroonian fighter is the favorite. Against Jones, his win sits at 5/9, while on the other side, Bones to win is 6/4. A draw is set at 30/1. Versus Cormier, the 32-year old is 2/3, while DC stands at 6/4 also. A draw in this one is a bit more realistic than in the previous and is at 25/1. For all of you betting lovers, click here for free bet offers from www.olbg.com.
Ngannou defeated Jairzinho Rozenstruik at the UFC 249 after twenty seconds. Just to remind you, this was a title-eliminator, and the stake here was a clash with Stipe Miocic. It is something that makes this victory even more impressive.
The Predator posted four wins in a row, all of them via knockout in the first round. All these matches were more than convincing from his side, and it’s no wonder why the bookies see him as the heavyweight champion at some point in the near future.
Justin Gaethje is second on the list. The Highlight was fantastic against Tony Ferguson, whom he demolished in the main event of the UFC 249. Just a few believed in Gaethje’s win, and even those who did, for sure, didn’t expect to see something like this happening to El Cucuy.
Following this victory, the American became the mandatory challenger to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and everybody is awaiting their clash.
Same as against Ferguson, Gaethje is an underdog here. Odds on Khabib’s success are 4/9, while Gaethje’s triumph is at 15/8. A draw is 30/1. When looking at the method of victory, it goes like this. Gaethje to win by KO, TKO or disqualification is 12/5; by submission 33/1, and via decision is 11/1. Odds on Khabib’s victory by a TKO, KO, or disqualification 4/1, by submission 13/5, and via decision 11/4.
This is probably going to be the battle of the year, which is why we see various headlines about it every day.
The only guy who could cast a shadow on that event is Conor McGregor. The Notorious came back from the retirement, smashing Donald Cowboy Cerrone in some 40 seconds. Ever since the media and the fans are wondering what could be his next step. He was calling out both Khabib and Gaethje, while on the other side, Kamaru Usman offered him a match for the welterweight belt. So, pretty much the entire situation regarding this guy is more than complicated.
According to the bookmakers, he would be an underdog against Khabib and Usman, but a favorite against Gaethje.
Khabib’s win against the Irishman is priced at 3/10, a draw at 30/1, and McGregor’s victory is 3/1. Against Usman, the Nigerian Nightmare sits at 1/3, and the former two-division champ at 19/5, and finally versus the new lightweight interim champ, Gaethje, the Notorious’ victory is 6/11, and Highlights’ 6/4.
Knowing Conor, it wouldn’t be odd to accept some completely different fight and wait to see how the situation develops in the future.
All these potential spectacles mean just one thing for the fans – hot and interesting summer.