With UFC 229 less than two months away, MMA pros are making their picks for the winner of the highly anticipated fight between UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and former two-division champion Conor McGregor. Check out the video below.
It’s hard to pick a winner here, but stylistically, this will be a good challenge for both the fighters.
Khabib,who has a perfect record of 26-0, has never really been tested by anyone that can come at him at so many angles with such speed, precision, and power that McGregor brings to the game. Conor McGregor has that powerful left that has put many down and out. And Khabib, while having explosive power and arguably the best ground game in the sport, has left himself open many times and caught shots that would have put his lights out if they were thrown by McGregor.
On the other hand, McGregor, while one of the greatest strikers ever, has displayed numerous times that his ground game is one of his biggest weaknesses. McGregor(21-3) has been submitted 3 times and had a tough time in his bout with Chad Mendes, and Khabib is many levels above Mendes as far as his ground game is concerned. Another issue for McGregor could be his cardio. He has been known to run out of gas early and Khabib has great conditioning.
Basically, it’s gonna come down to who can use their skills more effectively combined with a good defensive strategy and conditioning. Can McGregor keep Khabib from taking him down? Can Khabib avoid the notoriously dangerous left hand of Conor McGregor? WIll McGregor gas out?Precision,speed and power versus explosive power and brutal,relentless ground and pound. Who do you pick to win?