Paddy Pimblett opens as a sizable betting favorite over Tony Ferguson
The UFC recently announced that Pimblett and Ferguson will go one-on-one at the upcoming UFC 296 pay-per-view (PPV) event in December. It’s a matchup that has had the mixed martial arts (MMA) community buzzing for several reasons. One such reason being whether or not the pairing is a mismatch given where “El Cucuy” is at this point in his career.
If you’re looking to put some money on the action, BetOnline currently has Pimblett as a -340 favorite over Ferguson, who is listed as a +280 underdog. The odds certainly make sense given both men’s respective runs inside the cage at this point in time. Ferguson is in the midst of a six-fight losing streak. He has also been finished in his last three-straight fights. The 39-year-old former interim 155-pound champion hasn’t recorded a win inside the Octagon since a 2019 TKO victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Pimblett is currently on the rise as one of the more promising young stars in the UFC. The ex-Cage Warriors champion has won six-straight contests and is undefeated in his UFC run of three fights. His last victory came in December with a decision victory over Jared Gordon. Pimblett has the opportunity to record what would be the biggest win of his career over a name as respected as Ferguson’s.
Ferguson, however, could bounce back in a huge way if he’s able to upset the 28-year-old fan-favorite come fight night. It would mark the beginning of what would likely be one final run at undisputed UFC gold.