UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor Preview
On October 6, we have two of the greatest combat fighters in MMA battling it out in UFC 229. The undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (making his first title defense after defeating Al Laquinta) will go against two-division champion Conor McGregor, who’s been absent from the ring since his big paycheck against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Many consider this the biggest fight in UFC history. Khabib, who currently has an impressive 26-0 record, is known for his ground game. On the other side we have Conor McGregor, who may look more human with his 21-3 record, but is an amazing striker who has the ability to keep a solid distance and make good work of his opponents in record time. He’s also defeated a variety of high-quality fighters such as Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez.
Khabib is the complete opposite when you compare him with McGregor, and prefers to close the deal on the ground and outlast his opponents. If you look back at his previous fights, his striking defense isn’t all that great. But regardless, his stamina and aggressive nature is one of the reasons why he’s considered the best wrestler at 155.
He has a tendency to get clocked in the chin, take a few combination punches, but still moves forward unfazed. Khabib has never been knocked out in his career.
It’s a specialist versus specialist event. McGregor’s nasty left hook has taken down many fighters throughout his career. A few punches from this guy and you’re done. His movement is weird but calculated, making it difficult to properly defend against. He’s fast and can really give fighters a pounding in the standing position. He has the potential to give Khabib his first knockout.
All three of McGregor’s losses were from submission, suggesting that his wrestling skills isn’t on par with his striking ability.
Khabib is slightly favored in the odds at ~1.62 against McGregor who is currently at ~2.40. The longer the fight drags on, the higher the chance Khabib will walk out of UFC 229 undefeated.