During his 26 fights as a professional mixed martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov has proved to be one of the most dominant fighters of all time. Currently 26-0, ‘The Eagle’ finally won UFC gold in April this year. Originally scheduled to face then-interim champion Tony Ferguson, Khabib eventually fought Al Iaquinta. The ill-fated Ferguson fight had again fallen apart due to an injury to ‘El Cucuy.’
As a result, there’s another huge fight on the horizon. Former lightweight champion Conor McGregor was cleared to fight again after his UFC 223 bus drama and was granted an immediate title shot at UFC 229. After one of the longest quiet periods for the UFC, things took a massive twist this month. UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and many others were officially booked for some massive fights…
With his weight cutting issues now hopefully behind him, Khabib Nurmagomedov has begun training for UFC 229. Primarily a wrestler, many see Khabib’s key to victory being solely on the canvas. During his recent training videos, however, Nurmagomedov appears to be working heavily on his striking, specifically boxing. Where we do see Khabib working on the ground, he is legitimately a terrifying fighter.
The question is, will ‘The Notorious’ be able to withstand Khabib’s relentless ground game? Khabib is known for dragging opponents to the mat and absolutely savaging them either into submission or grinding decisions. Alternatively, can Khabib withstand the power of McGregor’s striking? The Irishman holds dynamite KO ability, having destroyed Eddie Alvarez, Dustin Poirier, Jose Aldo and more. It truly is a battle of striker vs. grappler.
Who will be able to implement their game plan more effectively will be very interesting to see. Speaking via MMAFighting.com, Khabib’s Dad says he doesn’t give McGregor a snowball’s chance in hell:“I think Conor understands that he wasn’t the real champion at 155 [pounds],” Abdulmanap said. “He only fought against two lightweights and one of them choked him out. When he took the belt, there were about six lightweights who were stronger than him.
“There are a lot of fighters who deserve a title shot more than Conor. For example, Poirier. He can keep a high pace, he tries to finish opponents. Poirier is the real contender.” “Physically and tactically, Khabib is stronger than Conor. Khabib has better cardio than Conor and 100 percent Khabib has better wrestling and grappling. we will choke him out when we decide to do it. Of course, Conor’s left hand is very dangerous and he can throw the right uppercut. That’s all. Nothing else.”
But after two rounds, he has nothing to do on his feet. After two rounds, he will not be able to do anything. We don’t want to lose even one round. Khabib has never lost a single round.
“Only a referee can protect Conor, that’s why he will be in the cage.”