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Khabib Nurmagomedov Is In Some Very Hot Water… With His Dad

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov beat the stuffing out of Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on Saturday night, and after his win, jumped the cage and fought in the audience.

Mayhem ensued.

Understandably, the Dagestani is facing some serious repercussions. It’s unclear what the UFC might do to him, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission is certainly going to drop the hammer. That could take the form of fines and suspension, it could take the form of a public lashing (okay, not really)… who knows at this point.

But perhaps the greatest consequence of his ill-advised actions is waiting for him when he gets home.

Khabib’s dad is totally going to kick his ass.

This was alluded to in the post-fight presser, but apparently Pops Nurmagomedov has spoken to the local Dagestani press – and he’s not happy with his son.

As per BloodyElbow:

Speaking to Russian media, Abdulmanap revealed that he plans to punish his son for his role in the brawl.

“I will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC’s. I warned him. For me, discipline comes first. You do whatever you want in the Octagon, [but] outside — this is the border of civilians, where there are children, women, strangers.”

”Financial issues have not been resolved,” Abdulmanap told tass.ru. “He does not know what is going on. He was supposed to fly out of America on the 9th. I do not know what date, at what time [he will return from the United States to Dagestan now].”

If we see Khabib with a pair of black eyes and a distinct limp when he walks, we’ll know his dad don’t play.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Is In Some Very Hot Water… With His Dad

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov beat the stuffing out of Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on Saturday night, and after his win, jumped the cage and fought in the audience.

Mayhem ensued.

Understandably, the Dagestani is facing some serious repercussions. It’s unclear what the UFC might do to him, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission is certainly going to drop the hammer. That could take the form of fines and suspension, it could take the form of a public lashing (okay, not really)… who knows at this point.

But perhaps the greatest consequence of his ill-advised actions is waiting for him when he gets home.

Khabib’s dad is totally going to kick his ass.

This was alluded to in the post-fight presser, but apparently Pops Nurmagomedov has spoken to the local Dagestani press – and he’s not happy with his son.

As per BloodyElbow:

Speaking to Russian media, Abdulmanap revealed that he plans to punish his son for his role in the brawl.

“I will impose a punishment tougher than the UFC’s. I warned him. For me, discipline comes first. You do whatever you want in the Octagon, [but] outside — this is the border of civilians, where there are children, women, strangers.”

”Financial issues have not been resolved,” Abdulmanap told tass.ru. “He does not know what is going on. He was supposed to fly out of America on the 9th. I do not know what date, at what time [he will return from the United States to Dagestan now].”

If we see Khabib with a pair of black eyes and a distinct limp when he walks, we’ll know his dad don’t play.

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Dana White: Conor McGregor Has Already Called Wanting a Rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov

The future of the lightweight division will remain murky until the Nevada Athletic Commission decides how to handle to post-fight brawl at UFC 229 involving Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and members of both fighters’ corners.
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Tony Ferguson: After Four Canceled Bouts, ‘Khabib and I Deserve to Fight’

Lost in the chaos of UFC 229 is the fact that the co-main event had the fans out of their seats and the commentators covered in blood. Tony Ferguson wound up the winner of the fight when Anthony Pettis‘ corner waived off the bout after two rounds, citing a hand injury.
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Tony Ferguson: After Four Canceled Bouts, ‘Khabib and I Deserve to Fight’

Lost in the chaos of UFC 229 is the fact that the co-main event had the fans out of their seats and the commentators covered in blood. Tony Ferguson wound up the winner of the fight when Anthony Pettis‘ corner waived off the bout after two rounds, citing a hand injury.
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Tony Ferguson: After Four Canceled Bouts, ‘Khabib and I Deserve to Fight’

Lost in the chaos of UFC 229 is the fact that the co-main event had the fans out of their seats and the commentators covered in blood. Tony Ferguson wound up the winner of the fight when Anthony Pettis‘ corner waived off the bout after two rounds, citing a hand injury.
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UFC 229 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Out Conor McGregor, Then Starts Brawl in Audience

If you had money on lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov dominating former champ Conor McGregor via grappling in the main event of UFC 229, congrats, you won some cash.

If you had money on Khabib spitting on McGregor after the Irishman tapped out. well, congrats, you won even more money.

If you predicted that Khabib would jump the cage and attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, and that one of Khabib’s teammates would jump INTO the Octagon and suckerpunch Conor… you’re a liar.

Folks, this fight was exciting and thrilling and fun to watch, with Nurmagomedov even rocking McGregor on the feet once, and McGregor almost taking control with his standup in Round 3. But once the champ got the ex-champ down in Round 4, the tapout via rear naked choke was inevitable.

And then Khabib jumped the fence and started a brawl in the audience… pure craziness.

It was so bad that security had to flood the cage to protect McGregor. Dana White had to tell Khabib that he couldn’t give him his belt in the cage, because it was certain that the audience would shower them with garbage. And when Khabib was escorted out by security, he was indeed showered with garbage anyway.

If you remember the brawl after that Strikeforce event, with Nick and Nate Diaz and crew scrapping against Jason Miller… this was worse.

Insanity. Pure insanity.

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UFC 229 Primer: Guess What? Conor and Khabib Aren’t the Only Fighters on the Card!

Combat sports superstar Conor McGregor and lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov are clashing at tonight’s UFC 229. And of course, because it’s Conor, the entire world is tuning in and thinking about that main event. But guess what? There are other fighters on the card, too! Crazy, right?

The co-main event pits former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis against former interim champ (and TUF winner) Tony Ferguson. That’s… actually a pretty amazing match-up. Both men are elite members of the 155-pound weight class, and could conceivably be facing McGregor or Nurmagomedov in the future. Heck, Ferguson was supposed to take on Nurmagomedov about two dozen times, but the fight always fell apart for some reason or another.

There’s also a stellar heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov on the card. Volkov has won four times in four trips to the Octagon, and has taken out the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson. Lewis, meanwhile, had a ton of momentum in the division before Mark Hunt derailed him. But he beat Francis Ngannou in his last fight, so there may be hope for Lewis yet.

Ovince St. Preux is also fighting, as is Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig. Granted, they’ll all have to do something seriously dramatic to steal even a sliver of the spotlight from McGregor, but whatever! They’re on the card!

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Complete Guide To McGregor Vs. Khabib Tonight At UFC 229!

One of the biggest fights in mixed martial arts (MMA) history will spill over into the Octagon later this evening (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) at UFC 229 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his 155-pound title on the line against a returning Conor McGregor.

Given Nurmagomedov’s professional track record, McGregor’s unprecedented ability to produce historic results in the biggest spots imaginable, and the bad blood that has been boiling between the two lightweights, their UFC 229 clash will be one for the ages.

In order to prepare fight fans for tonight’s potentially record-breaking PPV headliner, MMAMania has compiled all the necessary details into one beautiful guide. Whether it be fight details, recorded trash talk, predictions, betting odds, video previews, face-to-face staredowns, or ceremonial weigh ins, we’ve compiled the best of the best to satisfy your UFC 229: “McGregor vs. Khabib” needs.

Check out the comprehensive list below:

Essentials:

Live! UFC 229 ‘McGregor Vs. Khabib’ Play-By-Play & Updates
How To Watch UFC 229 ‘McGregor Vs. Khabib’ PPV Live Stream
UFC 229 Start Time & TV LIneup
Final Look At UFC 229 Fight Card
Beef Wars! A Full History Of McGregor Vs. Khabib
Video! McGregor Attacks Brooklyn Bus Housing Khabib

Trash Talk:

‘Mystic Mac’ Predicts First-Round KO Of Khabib
Khabib Claims McGregor’s Grandfather Killed The Irish
McGregor Warns ‘Eagle’ Not To Pull Out
UFC 229 ‘Bad Blood’ Full Video Replay (Including “The Slap”)
McGregor Takes Aim At Khabib’s ‘Quivering Coward’ Father
Hey! Where’s Your Bus?
McGregor Is The ‘Piñata Of Combat Sports’
White: UFC 229 Press Conference ‘Darkest Ever’
Khabib Says Dana White Needs To Stop Kissing McGregor’s Ass
McGregor To Khabib: ‘You’d Be Dead If You Got Off That Bus’
McGregor Will Get Choked Out By Khabib’s Manager
Rockhold: McGregor’s On the Brink Of Insanity
Hot Mic! McGregor Verbally Destroys Khabib During Staredown
McGregor Takes To Social Media To Troll Khabib
Khabib’s Father: We Are Not Forgiving Anything McGregor Said
McGregor Takes Aim At All Members Of Team Khabib

Hype and Promos:

UFC 229 Press Conference Pt. 2 Video Replay
UFC 229 Press Conference Pt. 1 Video Replay
UFC 229 ‘Embedded’ Ep. 5
UFC 229 ‘Embedded’ Ep. 4
UFC 229 ‘Embedded’ Ep. 3
UFC 229 ‘Embedded’ Ep. 2
UFC 229 ‘Embedded’ Ep. 1
UFC 229 Open Workouts Video Replay
Video! The Best UFC 229 Promo There Is
McGregor’s Best Post-Fight Victory Speeches
Watch McGregor’s Most Memorable Press Conference Moments
Video! McGregor Destroys Training Partners In Lead Up To UFC 229
Watch ‘Notorious’ KO Alvarez To Become UFC’s First Champ-Champ
UFC 229 Free Fight Video! Khabib Destroys Barboza In Vegas
Here Are Three Awesome UFC 229 Promo Videos!

Previews and Predictions:

McGregor Vs, Khabib Full Fight Video Preview
UFC 229 Fighters Predict McGregor Vs. Khabib Winner
Diaz Says Khabib ‘Scared For His Life’
MMA Media Predicts ‘Notorious’ To Down Khabib
Fighter On Fighter: Breaking Down McGregor
Fighter On Fighter: Breaking Down Khabib
Here’s Why ‘Notorious’ Will Take Out Khabib
Here’s Why ‘Eagle’ Will Ruin McGregor’s UFC Return
UFC 229 Main Card Preview & Predictions
UFC 229 ‘Prelims’ Preview & Predictions
Mayweather Camp Predicts McGregor Vs. Khabib Winner
McGregor Vs. Khabib Predictions! UFC 229, The Herculean Trial

Weigh Ins:

McGregor Vs. Khabib Official Weigh Ins Staredown Video
UFC 229 Ceremonial Weigh Ins Video Replay
UFC 229 Official Early Weigh Ins Video Replay
Video! McGregor, Khabib Officially Make Weight For UFC 229 Title Fight

Betting:

UFC 229: ‘McGregor Vs. Khabib’ Latest Betting Odds

Misc.:

UFC 229 Salaries: McGregor Banks $ 3 Million, Khabib Gets $ 2 Million
McGregor Estimates $ 50 Million Paycheck For UFC 229 Title Fight
White Says UFC 229 Trending Towards 3 Million PPV Buys
McGregor Financially Set For Life Heading Into UFC 229
McGregor’s Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey Official UFC 229 Sponsor

There’s certainly a lot to digest here, but it’ll all be worth it when McGregor and Khabib square off later tonight at UFC 229 live on PPV.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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All The McGregor Vs. Khabib MMA Media Predictions You Can Handle!

TL;DR: MMAmania.com polled more than 20 members of mixed martial arts (MMA) media, as well as its own staff, about who would win UFC 229’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event this weekend between Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and former 145- and 155-pound kingpin, Conor McGregor. Of the 31 responses, 18 favored McGregor and 12 picked Nurmagomedov, with one individual undecided on the outcome. That would mean select MMA media gives “Notorious” a 60 percent chance of winning, while “The Eagle” has a 40 percent chance to retain his world title. Meanwhile, sportsbooks in Las Vegas, Nevada, currently (at the time of this writing) have Nurmagomedov as a slight betting favorite (-150) over the Irishman. But, let’s not bore you with stats and numbers, check out all the reasons folks are so split on this highly-anticipated match up … the biggest ever, according to UFC President, Dana White.


MMA Mania Predictions

Khabib 6, Conor 3

Jesse Holland (@JesseHollandMMA) – MMAmania.com: “You don’t need me to tell you that Conor McGregor is a magnificent striker with frightening knockout power, any more than you need me to remind you how great Khabib Nurmagomedov is at taking fighters down and smashing them into pieces. You know the old saying: always bet a horse by its record. “Notorious” has been taken down six times in his UFC career, but I’ve never seen “The Eagle” get knocked down. I’ve also seen McGregor lose rounds and get finished by submission. The only thing I’ve ever seen from Nurmagomedov is victory. “One shot, one kill” might work in those Hollywood sniper movies, but for a lightweight striker who lives and dies on his timing, a two-year layoff against an active ground fighter feels less like a title fight and more like corporal punishment.”

Thomas Myers (@TommyMyers ) – MMAmania.com: Back in 2006, I predicted that Renato “Babalu” Sobral would avoid the one-punch knockout power of then-Light Heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, close the distance, take down “Iceman,” strangle him and then hoist the 205-pound strap into the rafters. In hindsight, it was really, really dumb. But, I figured it was one of the few chances to actually make a logical argument against Liddell winning — he was in his prime and was straight up murdering dudes on the feet at the time (five straight knockouts). I was relatively young at the time, certainly not the brilliant “expert” analyst I have grown to become over time (this is oozing sarcasm). Indeed, I am older now, but not necessarily wiser … at least when it comes to fight predictions. So, naturally, I’ve decided to potentially repeat a terrible mistake from the past and will pick Nurmagomedov to close the distance, take down “Notorious,” strangle him and then hoist the undisputed 155-pound strap into the rafters this weekend. If McGregor wins, though, I will never bet against him again. Ever. And neither should you.”

Patrick Stumberg – MMAmania.com: “Conor McGregor is a special fighter, but I’m not sure he’s ‘come back from a two-year layoff against the toughest style match up in the division’ special. Khabib has shown the sort of durability and endless pressure that Conor has struggled with in the past, and the grueling nature of his grappling style means Conor’s gas tank is going to empty in a hurry. Khabib survives a few big shots in the first round to drag Conor to the mat and pound him into the dirt.”

Adam Guillen (@AdamGuillenJr) – MMAmania.com: “This is the type of fight that wake you up on a Saturday morning. I’m taking Khabib in this one. Conor is in fact one of the best to ever compete in the sport, but he’s never rubbed up against someone like Khabib. I don’t believe in ring rust, BUT, Conor’s stamina and cardio in a potential five-round fight will be tested here, as Khabib will more than likely drag this fight to the ground and smother and beat on “Notorious” for 25 minutes if he can. While I don’t think it will exactly be a repeat of the Edson Barboza beatdown, Khabib will do his thing in the grappling department and on the ground, ultimately getting a technical knockout win (ground-and-pound) over Conor in the 4th round.”

Ryan Harkness (@Ryan_Harkness ) – MMAmania.com: “I’m expecting this fight to go down similar to the Chad Mendes fight from 2015. Round one will see Khabib take down McGregor repeatedly, bloodying him up in the process. But in round two McGregor catches Khabib coming in sloppy. Maybe it’s a knee. Maybe it’s an elbow or punch. But the shot dazes Khabib and puts him on the defensive. McGregor starts lighting Khabib up on the feet. Khabib lands another takedown, but McGregor manages to stand right back up. McGregor stalks Khabib across the cage and catches him with a body shot that leaves Nurmagomedov hunched against the fence in pain. A big left hand from McGregor follows, landing right on Khabib’s jaw and dropping him unconscious to the mat. McGregor wins via KO in round two.

Daniel Hiergesell (@DH_MMA) – MMAmania.com: “While so many MMA pundits are convinced this is a bad matchup for McGregor, few are exploring the possibility that this is even a worse matchup for Khabib. The truth is, Khabib is entering unknown territory this weekend at UFC 229. Sure he has an undefeated professional record and has never lost a round in UFC competition, but the Russian “Eagle” has never flown this close to the sun. He has never competed on a grand stage that is likely to push out 2 million PPV buys and he has certainly never faced an opponent quite like McGregor, who possesses such elite spacing and precision on the feet. Will McGregor have trouble keeping Khabib off of him? Absolutely. Could McGregor experience some cage rust having not fought in MMA since his knockout over Eddie Alvarez two years ago? It’s possible. But, at the end of the day, we’ve seen McGregor taken down before only to get back up. We’ve seen him turn a good wrestler and all-around great fighter like Alvarez into a confused champion incapable of landing any offense. We’ve seen him tested by all kinds of different fighters inside of the Octagon and he has come out the other side fairly unscathed. What we haven’t seen is a forward-attacking fighter like Khabib take a punch on the chin from one of the best strikers in the game. We also haven’t seen Khabib consistently finish fights when the opportunity seems to be kicking down the door. More importantly, we haven’t seen how Khabib performs against an opponent he absolutely hates. That sort of added tension and emotional output often leads to uncharacteristic mistakes and depleted gas tanks. All of this paired with McGregor’s mental warfare leads me to believe he’s going to shock Khabib early. I’m leaving the door open for an all out war at UFC 229, but for now I’m expecting a first-round knockout for ‘Mystic Mac.’”

Andrew Pearson (@Vorpality) – MMAmania.com: “Three words: Khabib, 13 seconds. No, but seriously, probably Khabib. I won’t bet on it because I kinda, sorta want Conor to win, and I never bet against my preference, but I think the odds are ~60/40 in favor of Khabib taking Conor down and roughing him up. I’m not convinced that he will finish McGregor, though, despite the Irishman’s penchant for gassing. Conor seems to have put himself through a very grueling camp in preparation for a very grueling fight, and I do expect him to have a few fleeting moments of success, maybe even in the later rounds until he gets dragged down again. He’ll snap the Russian’s head back a couple of times, giving his fans flashes of hope … but ultimately, I’m predicting that Nurmy’s large adult skull can absorb that left. Nurmagomedov by decision.”

Steve Juon (@angrymarks) – MMAmania.com: “Nurmagomedov by decision. McGregor has had too many distractions over the last two years, he’s spent too long away from the Octagon, and we’ve already seen that he’s vulnerable to a takedown. Unless he lands that Jose Aldo punch eight seconds into this fight he’s going to be taken down and mauled on the ground repeatedly just like Khabib has done to everyone else.”

Brian Jeffries (@FlyinBrianJ) – MMAmania.com: “Each guy possesses the other’s kryptonite. Conor has the touch of death in his left hand, which seemingly spells disaster for Khabib’s rudimentary striking. Khabib is arguably the best takedown and ground and pound specialist in the UFC, plus he has amazing cardio. A combination that Conor has never been up against. Yada yada, we all know the stylistic matchup. I’m rooting for McGregor because he produces clicks for my videos, social media, articles, etc. Conor Bless. As for an official prediction? I’ve got Mystic Mac via left hand shot in the first round.”


MMA Media Predictions

Khabib 6, Conor 15, Undecided 1

Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) – MMAFighting.com: “This is a hard one because either can win and it depends largely on McGregor’s ability to defend takedowns, but in a five-round fight, he should have a chance to get his rhythm standing, and if he does, can finish Nurmagomedov.”

Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) – Sirius XM / “The MMA Hour:” “I’d argue the kind of pre-fight analysis you’re bound to see is totally out of its depth and likely (more than normal) to be inaccurate. Both fighters have known games, but how the two will pair is exceedingly difficult to forecast. Lots of different complexions and outcomes are plausible. There are simply too many variables, known and unknown, that can skew this in a number of directions. Is there one outcome more likely than the plausible others? History would suggest a slight lean toward Nurmagomedov. His capacity for work in a labor intensive style against a fighter known to be severely diminished by fatigue onset probably will matter. That combined with his defensive instincts having never been KO’d or dropped in professional competition is something that stands out. Then again, whatever we think McGregor’s ceiling is, he routinely shows its underestimated on fight night. He is such a strong performer when the stakes are the highest and pressure the most intense. His ability to strike going forward or backing up is nearly peerless. His takedown defense and ground game are criminally underrated. There’s a defensible case for either. Championship material goes a long way. May the best man win.”

Stephie Haynes (@CrooklynMMA) – BloodyElbow.com: “I’ve been on the fence about this fight since it was first announced and have gone back and forth no less than 100 times. Now that it’s down to the wire and someone is asking me to make an honest to God choice, my gut is telling me McGregor. Both men are incredibly talented, but I think Conor’s power is going to be the game-changer and will bring an early end to the contest. That said, I would not be surprised in the slightest if it goes all five rounds and sees Nurmagomedov the victor.”

Mark La Monica (@LaMonicaMark) – Newsday: “I’ll start this prediction with a crazy prop bet: Conor McGregor will attempt and successfully complete a takedown of Khabib Nurmagomedov in the first round. Why? It’s the unconventional, unexpected move from McGregor. The best fighters often take the fight to their opponent’s area of strength to surprise them and to attempt to break their will. Jon Jones did it regularly. Takedowns or not, though, Nurmagomedov’s will appears extremely hard to break. Don’t mistake his silence at calm demeanor at public events as weakness or being rattled. He’s a subdued dude. He’s also an undefeated mauler of men (and a slightly kinder grappler of bear cubs). McGregor is something of an underrated striker (in the sense that his fighting ability usually trails his soundbites, personality, attire and whiskey in people’s talking points), yet he may be the best in the business at it. Nurmagomedov overcomes that and the referee stops the bout in the fourth round for the TKO.”

Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) – Las Vegas Review Journal: “I’m going to pick McGregor based on his striking advantage and pinpoint accuracy. I know Nurmagomedov is undefeated and the favorite based on his superb ground game and ability to suck the will out of his opponents, but the fight starts on the feet. That’s where Conor has the upper hand. McGregor and his team have always produced the right game plan for most of their opponents and I think they will find a way to exploit the holes in Nurmagomedov’s striking. Not only that, should Nurmagomedov make the simplest of mistakes, McGregor will launch a counter that will end Nurmagomedov’s title reign.”

Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) – UFC.com: “It’s tough to pick against an undefeated wrecking machine like Khabib Nurmagomedov but I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago. I’m going with Conor by TKO inside three rounds.”

Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) – Bleacher Report: “In 2015, after an injured McGregor took everything Chad Mendes had to offer, I told myself that this was a fighter I’d never bet against. A lot of fighters have great physical tools. Just as many have the heart of a champion. But very few have both. Conor is one of them. He’ll weather an early storm and come back to knock Khabib out in the third.”

Hunter Homistek (@HunterAHomistek) – Flo Combat: “We’re well aware of the style matchup here. We know Conor owns the striking advantage. We know Khabib will turn the fight into a snuff film if he can take McGregor down. The only question here is: Which path will the fight actually take? Logic says Khabib should win. When a fighter boasts a “puncher’s chance,” that chance rarely materializes…. But, Saturday night is the exception. Conor will land that left, it will stagger Khabib, and he will follow-up with smart, precise shots to earn the TKO finish. Round 2.”

Andrew Lawrence (@TheClownKid) – MiddleEasy.com: “Conor McGregor bounces Khabib’s head off the canvas sometime in the first round. You gotta BELIEVE! Shout out to ‘The Secret.’”

Zane Simon (@TheZaneSimon) – BloodyElbow.com: “Gotta take Khabib all the way. While both men have gaps where the other excels, it’s a lot lot easier for me to see Khabib surviving just long enough standing to get McGregor down than it is to see McGregor surviving long enough under Khabib to get back up and start doing damage again. Either is distinctly possible, but if I’m playing the odds on what’s more likely, McGregor’s questionable takedown defense seems like the bigger liability.”

Shawn Bitter (@mmawizzard) – MMA Today News: “In terms of striking, McGregor has a huge advantage as Khabib comes in with a wide stance and is sloppy with his offense output on the feet. Khabib also comes in on a straight line where he doesn’t allow himself to create angles. Against a guy like McGregor who has incredible timing and accuracy he will knock out Khabib if he’s not able to close the distance. McGregor’s takedown isn’t bad but it’s his ability to get back to his feet once he winds up on his back which is the problem. With that said, if Khabib gets the takedowns he will easily win this. It’s a tough fight to predict as it’s who will execute their game play first. I’d have to go with McGregor just because I think he can catch Khabib early coming in and knock the Russian out in round 1 but I’ve literally went back and fourth with the outcome.”

Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) – MMAFighting.com: “I think we may be in for an awakening. There’s no question Khabib is legit, but he’s been tagged before by fighters with much less power and striking technique than McGregor. I think to take McGregor down you need a blast-double-explosive-wrestling type of guy and that’s just not Khabib. I see McGregor winning by KO.”

Mike Allardyce (@mikedyce) – MMA at Sports Illustrated: “I’ve stopped doubting Conor McGregor because whenever he is faced with an opponent and appears over matched, he comes through in spectacular fashion. Khabib Nurmagomedov is his toughest challenge to date and will test that trend. But McGregor’s advantage is always that the fight starts standing up. Anyone coming in has to close the distance and risk being caught by McGregor’s striking. We’ve seen McGregor’s striking derail wrestler’s plans. We’ve seen McGregor appear emotional in the lead up to a fight but also his ability to leave that in the locker room and focus in the fight. At UFC 202 against Nate Diaz, McGregor was able to stick to a game plan and avoid following Diaz to the mat to put himself in jeopardy. We should expect another smart gameplan from McGregor. I expect a finish in the first three rounds.”

Jed Meshew (@JedKMeshew) – MMAFighting.com: “Conor needs a KO in early rounds and the ring rust with hamper his usual quick start. Plus Khabib is secretly extremely good at not getting hit. Nurmy Smash.”

Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) – BloodyElbow.com: “This is a true coin-toss fight. Of course, it comes down to whether Nurmagomedov can get McGregor down and keep him down — and more specifically, the latter. We all know Nurmagomedov will get McGregor down at least once, but perhaps McGregor’s get-up game has improved. Nurmagomedov needs to hold him down to win. On the feet, McGregor is far superior, and probably has just as big an advantage as Nurmagomedov does on the ground. Michael Johnson tested Nurmagomedov’s chin in 2016, and there’s a good chance McGregor tests it even more on Saturday. McGregor has fought the better competition, but usually things like that don’t matter in Nurmagomedov fights because no matter what, he just mauls guys on the ground. Such a tough one to call, and that’s one of the many reasons this is the biggest fight in MMA history. Ultimately, the coin lands on McGregor.”

Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) – Flo Combat: “Conor McGregor is like a snake that can fire a sniper rifle. He’s elusive, has a PhD in distance, possesses scary reach for a fighter his size, and mutant power. However, all these compliments exist as long as McGregor is vertical. An entire collection of hyperbole could be thrown around to describe Khabib Nurmagomedov once it goes to the ground. It doesn’t take an expert analyst to predict if McGregor gets taken down he’ll look like he got locked in a dryer with a bunch of bricks. On the other hand, if Khabib decides to work on his boxing for a couple of rounds like he did with Al Iaquinta, he’ll be sleeping on top of a Proper Whiskey logo. That’s why this fight is so compelling. Both fighters are so damn good in their specialties that the winner will be decided by who treads water the longest in an unsurvivable storm. Khabib’s a mauler, but he can’t take McGregor out in one shot. McGregor can and Khabib keeps his head straight up in the air. Every round starts standing and if McGregor can defend even a few takedowns, I think he creates a fraction more opportunities to win than Khabib does. I got McGregor via TKO in round two.”

Tony Fagnano (@BigToneMMA) – MMA Today News: “Khabib. But he’s chinny and McGregor has the touch of death you say. Well, maybe not. Hey Jamie pull that up real quick! In the Michael Johnson fight if you rewatch that sequence where the Dagestanian was “rocked” you’ll see a fighter shaken up for a split second after taking one on the chin and quickly regaining his composure. We’re talking about a guy who mauled one of the hardest hitters in the division and then decided mid fight he was going to have a sparring session with him. Can McGregor catch the unbeaten Sambo destroyer? Sure, everyone has a punchers chance and the Irishman’s takedown defense is nothing to scoff at. Nevertheless the most likely outcome is the former champ gasses as he’s done in his last 3 fights inside and out of the cage and is either TKO’d or more likely gives up his neck in the 3rd or 4th round.”

Phoenix Carnevale (@microphonephoen) – AXSTV Cage Side Reporter: “I hate to say this but I have got to go with Conor. It’s obvious to me that he has a plan and I think the superior speed and striking will prevail. He’s a wordsmith and he has me convinced.”

Tim Bissell (@timobiss) – BloodyElbow.com: “I’m not a good enough of an analyst to divorce what I want to happen from what I think will happen. What I want from this fight is chaos, both in the moment and for the future of the UFC (with a star whose control over their own career could bring about fundamental – maybe even cataclysmic – change for the promotion). For that reason, I’m picking McGregor by first round KO.”

Alexander Lee (@AlexanderKLee) – MMAFighting.com: “Nurmagomedov is the latest in a long line of McGregor foils who were all set to expose “The Notorious;” with respect to Jose Aldo et al., the difference is that the nigh-unstoppable Nurmagomedov will actually be the one to do it.

Lewis McKeever (@Mckeever89) – BloodyElbow.com: “I have this fight 50/50 down the line, although I lean ever so slightly towards Khabib simply for the fact that, historically, the grappler beats the striker. However, Conor is no ordinary striker and Khabib is no ordinary grappler. I will say that I want Conor to win because I find his style much more exciting. Could we see another Miocic vs. Ngannou? Possibly. Maybe. I have no idea.”

Lucas Rezende (@ rezenluc) – BloodyElbow.com: “My pick is Khabib. It might come as no surprise, but I’m betting on him taking Conor down every chance he gets and then just pounding him until he finds an opening for a submission, which I think will happen by, say, the third round.”

That’s a wrap! A huge thank you to all the MMA media members and online socialites who contributed to this post — we obviously couldn’t have done this without you. The only thing left to do now is enjoy the biggest, most anticipated UFC fight in recent memory.

Dee-lish.

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