Everything You Need To Know About Khabib vs. Conor
The moment that all MMA fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, two of the most dominant Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters are going head to head on Sunday: Khabib vs. Conor.
Current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be defending his title against former champ Conor McGregor. This is McGregor’s first UFC in two years, and his first fight since his defeat against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. While Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor is a two-time two-division champion, Khabib has a record of 26-0-0, a feat that not many fighters can claim.
The two fighters have trouble outside the octagon stemming back from April, where McGregor threw a chair through a bus window – a bus which Khabib happened to have been on. While most lightweight fighters would love to have a chance at McGregor, Khabib has been waiting months for retribution.
At Thursday’s final press conference, McGregor added more fuel to the fire by showing up 37 minutes late. To Nurmagomedov, this showed “big disrespect”. He shortly left the press conference saying that he would not wait for McGregor. When McGregor did finally arrive—blaming traffic for him being late—he was convinced that Khabib’s departure was because he was scared. “That’s a sign, he doesn’t want to be around me, he doesn’t want to be around these people – he’s petrified,” said Conor.
“F*** him and his mentality. I don’t give a f*** about [Khabib]. My heart is black towards him, towards his team and towards his people. I can truly see inside that man’s head and style. I don’t give a f*** about him and his people. There is way deeper s*** than just a fight on Saturday night, so it is what it is”.
If you want a full play-by-play of the history between the two, check out this UFC documentary.
Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov
Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov grew up in Russia, where he honed his skills in mixed martial arts. He is a two-time Russian Combat Sambo plus a two-time World Combat Sambo Champion. The 30-year-old stands at 177cm tall and has a reach of 178cm.
While Khabib has an impressive strike, the fighter is an absolute hazard on the floor. Khabib has become known for his takedown and ability to ground and pound his opponents. His wins have come mostly by way of decisions, submissions, and TKOs, resulting from ground-and-pound attacks.
Conor “The Notorious” McGregor
The Irish man has been a big name on the UFC ever since he stepped onto the scene. Conor has competed in three weight divisions, becoming a champion in two. His current record is 21-3-0, making him less experienced than Khabib, but that doesn’t mean that Khabib has the upper hand. As anyone—and especially Conor—will tell you, he is one of the best in the MMA industry.
With a height of 175cm and a reach of 188cm, the 30-year-old has explosive punching abilities. Unlike Khabib, Conor rarely goes to the ground—and it shows. All three of Conor’s defeats came from ground submissions.
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That being said, McGregor has knocked out the biggest names in the UFC. The Notorious is one of the best strikers in the UFC–an ability he intends on using on Khabib. “I don’t give a f**** about anything. Any wrestling, any technique, any anything. I’m coming for that man’s head from the f****** bell,” he said in at Thursday’s presser.
Given that these two fighters have very different fighting abilities, the fight could go either way. But many have actually placed McGregor as the underdog to beat the undefeated champ.
Besides this much anticipated fight, the rest of the match card is set to deliver some amazing fights, too. Unfortunately, the event won’t be broadcasted on TV, but you can follow the live commentary on BBC Radio 5.
Other Fights Of The Night
- Lightweight: Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz
- Women’s Bantamweight: Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya
- Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin
- Lightweight: Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick
- Flyweight: Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga
- Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs Jose Alberto Quinonez
- Women’s Strawweight: Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
- Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov
- Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes
- Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis