Ray McLachlan |  Thu 05/09/2019 - 14:48 EDT

UFC 242 Betting Picks – The Return of Khabib

UFC 242 Betting Picks – The Return of Khabib
MMA returns with a huge lineup this Saturday, September 7th for UFC 242, live from Abu Dhabi. The big drawcard is the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov for the first time since he defeated Conor McGregor in UFC 229. We've got all the top betting tips, picks and predictions for the full card.

First let’s take a look at the UFC 242 odds for the lightweight championship bout between Khabib and Dustin Poirier:

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov: 1.22
  • Duston Poirer: 4.25

The UFC Odds don’t stop there. There are a total of five fights on the main card at UFC 242. Here is a full list of drawcard fights that will feature, with out full analysis below:

  • Lightweight - Khabib Nurmagomedov (champ) vs Dustin Poirier (interim champ)
  • Lightweight - Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder
  • Lightweight - Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos
  • Heavyweight - Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
  • Lightweight - Mairbek Taisumov vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Here you’ll find the best UFC betting odds, plus our top predictions for each fight. Mixed Martial Arts is just one of the many sports we preview and provide odds for here at SportsBettingReviews.ca.

UFC 242 Betting Odds

Here are the odds for the main card, consisting of five top-class fights. This is the best place to find UFC betting odds from a selection of the top sportsbooks in Canada:


Khabib Nurmagomedov




Dustin Poirier


Edson Barboza




Paul Felder


Islam Makhachev




Davi Ramos


Curtis Blaydes




Shamil Abdurakhimov


Mairbek Taisumov




Carlos Diego Ferreira

For a greater selection of odds from a variety of global sports, be sure to check out our sports betting odds page.

UFC 242 Betting Predictions

UFC 241 proved to be one of the most unpredictable fight nights in recent history, with four out of five underdogs winning, including Stipe Miocic knocking off former champion Daniel Cormier. Here are our fearless picks this time around.

Mairbek Taisumov vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov is on a six-fight winning streak and has achieved five knockouts during that run. He comes in as the hot favourite in what will be the first of four lightweight bouts in Abu Dhabi this weekend. His overall record is 7-1, and hasn’t lost since 2014.

Ferreira is also on a streak having won his last four bouts. He has an aggressive style although lacks the power of others on the circuit. There is a good chance that this one will finish in a knockout either way as neither fighter tends to engage in much grappling.

It’s a short-price favourite to start the proceedings, although it’s too hard to ignore Mairbek’s form. Go for Mairbek Taisumov @ 1.36.

Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov

The only heavyweight bout of the night sees another strong favourite in American Curtis Blaydes take on Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov. Razor, as Blaydes is known, likes to do the work on the ground and averages 6.79 takedowns per 15 minutes in the octagon. He is going to be faster than his opponent, which will be an advantage in this fight.

Shamil will likely keep things interesting and he comes into the fight on a three-fight winning streak. However he lacks the power of some of the other fighters on the circuit, including title contender Francis Ngannou, who is the only man to stop Blaydes in the Octagon thus far.

With too much speed and a better array of attacks, expect Curtis Blaydes to win this one - Go for Curtis Blaydes @ 1.33.

Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos

The second of the four lightweight bouts sees a Russian against a Brazilian this time.

Islam Makhachev will start as the favourite, although the odds in this bout are much closer than the two preceding it. This is where you could see some value in the market. 

Makhachev is a takedown specialist and has landed one in five of his six UFC victories. He has many methods of achieving these, which makes it more difficult for opponents to predict what is coming.

Yet Davi Ramos is a patient fighter who looks to take the fight to the floor himself.

It will be very interesting to see what happens when the fight does hit the deck, and Ramos is yet unproven in defending a takedown in the Octagon.

While that may lead many to believe Makhachev is more likely to win here, we are leaning the other way and have faith in the Brazilian to halt the Russians run. Go for Davi Ramos @ 2.80.

Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder

This bout is between the #7 and the #10 ranked fighters respectively, and is by far the closest bout in terms of odds. Barboza starts as the slight favourite despite losing three of his last four fights and slipping on the rankings list. One of his losses came to Khabib in UFC 219. 

Barboza has great power, but a clear weakness in that he drops his hands on backwards moves – this is what led to his knockout loss in March, his last bout in the octagon.

Felder is a creative fighter who boasts an incredible elbow, accounting for his last three knockout wins. This will be something heavily analysed by Barboza’s squad. 

This fight is a rematch – the pair clashed in 2015 and Barboza scored a unanimous decision victory at that time. Felder has had better form since, going 6-3, although Barboza will bring confidence knowing he has won before.

Expect an entertaining fight that should finish in a knockout win to Paul Felder. Jump on Paul Felder @ 2.00

Main Event – Khabib vs Poirier

The incredible 27-0 record of Khabib will be put on the line against Dustin Poirier, who’s decent record of 25-5 just doesn’t match that of his opponent. The interim champion will have to be better than his best to deal with the excellent wrestling of his Russian opponent.

Poirier comes into the fight on a six-fight streak, and has earned his title by defeating Max Holloway at UFC 236. He’s also defeated Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis, so he has some big name scalps.

Khabib will of course look to grapple, while Poirier will aim for strikes. The American will try and keep the fight standing, and if it gets to the floor it looks certain to go Khabib’s way. 

It could be a long fight – don’t expect a knockout here. We’re going with Khabib because of his pedigree and incredible record, but don’t be surprised if this is closer than many expect. Go for Khabib @ 1.22.

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