Muhammad Mokaev Heavy Favorite Against Malcolm Gordon at UFC 280

Malcolm Gordo V Muhammad Mokaev UFC

  • Muhammad Mokaev is a massive -700 betting favorite against Malcolm Gordon.
  • Gordon opened at +500 odds, the longest of his now five-bout UFC career.
  • Mokaev vs Gordon has been added to the UFC 280 PPV event on October 22 in Abu Dhabi.

Undefeated prospect Muhammad Mokaev has opened as a massive betting favorite against Malcolm Gordon in a recently booked flyweight bout at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi.

Mokaev debuted at -700 odds with Gordon coming back at a price of +500:

The Mokaev vs Godon fight joins a pay-per-view lineup that will be headlined by the UFC lightweight title bout between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev and co-headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship fight between champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Mokaev with the W in London

Muhammad Mokaev recently ran his pro-MMA record to 8-0 after defeating Charles Johnson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 208 in London last July 23rd. That victory came after Mokaev recorded a 58-second submission win against Cory Durden in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 204 four months earlier.

The 30-year-old from Manchester, England is a former IMMAF junior world champion who racked up a 22-0 amateur record. Known as The Punisher, Mokaev began his career with Brave FC and Celtic Gladiator before joining the UFC earlier this year. He is undefeated in nine bouts with 8 wins and one no-contest, with 2 knockout victories and 3 wins by way of submission.

This marks Mokaev’s largest opening odds since hitting the betting boards at -800 when he fought Ibragim Navruzov at Brave FC 51 in June 2021. It’s also the third straight UFC bout where he has opened with the minus money sign written next to his name. Mokaev has never closed at odds longer than -400 in his last four bouts.

Denys Bondar Suffers Fight-Ending Injury Versus Malcolm Gordon

Meanwhile, Malcolm Gordon pulled off the big upset against Denys Bondar in his most recent Octagon appearance. Closing at +305 odds via Circa Sports, Gordon applied high-pressure grappling before Bondar’s left arm collapsed, forcing the referee to stop the bout, giving Gordon his second consecutive victory in the UFC.

The 32-year-old from Calgary, Alberta in Canada is a former TKO, Prodigy MMA, Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting, and Havoc Fighting Championship flyweight champion. Gordon joined the UFC in 2020 but suffered back-to-back first round stoppage losses to Amir Albazi and Su Mudaerji to open his UFC career. Overall, Gordon has a record of 14-5 with five knockouts and six submission victories.

Gordon has opened as the betting underdog in his fifth consecutive UFC bout and he will be facing his biggest odds to date. Prior to this bout, Gordon has never opened at odds longer than the +195 odds he opened with when he fought Francisco Figueiredo two bouts ago.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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