With reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov currently stranded in Russia, thanks to an international travel ban, the promotion may be forced to replace him with Justin Gaethje for the UFC 249 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on April 18.
That moves Tony Ferguson from underdog to favorite.
“El Cucuy” is currently enjoying a -150 betting line against +130 for “The Highlight,” according to the number crunchers over at Best Fight Odds, which is slightly closer than when it opened at -170/+145 on Monday night. That means money has started to trickle in for the underdog.
Speaking of Underdog, isn’t Dana White starting to look like Simon Bar Sinister?
We still don’t have a city or venue for UFC 249 as most of the world remains under quarantine in response to the coronavirus. That hasn’t stopped White and Co. from trudging forward in hopes of a last-second miracle, but time is definitely not on their side.