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Daniel Cormier Believes Conor McGregor’s Left-Hand Will Not Be Able To Hurt Khabib Nurmagomedov

The UFC’s light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier stressed his belief that it will take more than one well-placed left-hand to knock out his AKA teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov extended his extraordinary unbeaten record to a nice even 25-0 last weekend with his dominant win over Edson Barboza but now, with two of his greatest rivals now directly in his cross-hairs, only time will tell exactly how the Russian’s 2018 will play out.

It was a grappling clinic for the ages. Barboza’s ground-game, which is by no means awful, was completely and utterly nullified by the fearsome Dagestani’s smothering presence and though many were prepared to give the Brazilian a sizeable edge on the feet, Khabib’s forward movement – coupled with the fear of his clinchwork – saw Edson achieve very little when the fight was standing.

Not only was it a one-sided fight in the eyes of those in attendance and those watching at home, the judges too saw the fight as one that was about as lopsided in recent memory, with two of them calling it as a 30-25 and the other as a completely understandable 30-24.

For all the talk of tiramisu, weight-cutting, and inactivity, when Nurmagomedov left the octagon that night, no one was able to doubt his skillset.

Conor McGregor’s UFC lightweight title has never been under more pressure, it seems, and though it’s likely that it will be the interim-belt holder Tony Ferguson who fights ‘the Eagle’ first, Khabib’s teammate Daniel Cormier gave his prediction for how the left-hand of the Irishman will manage against his genuinely terrifying sambo mastery.

He also put in a good word for the 155lb fighter’s chances against him in a grappling matchup, as tongue-in-cheek as it may have been.

McGregor’s left-hand has dispatched every single opponent he has faced in his UFC career so far with the exception of Nate Diaz and Max Holloway (in a fight where Conor injured himself very early), and though we’ve seen Khabib hurt before – most notably against Michael Johnson at UFC 205 – he has managed to recover and resume his domination quite easily.

Whether this matchup – which would no doubt be absolutely gargantuan in its scope – will actually happen, will become clearer as the year goes on.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]