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Watch: McGregor Measured But Confident In Round KO Prediction

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Conor McGregor has learned a thing or two about his apparent abilities in foreseeing his future knockouts but he made a confident knockout prediction for Khabib Nurmagomedov nonetheless.

Fighting Floyd Mayweather and in particular, Nate Diaz seems to have given the Irishman a more measured sense of his knack for making knockout predictions.

I mean, I’m sure that it will come as no surprise to either him or his team if he does, in fact, manage to spark Khabib Nurmagomedov within the opening five minutes but ever since his UFC 202 showdown with Diaz – it seems as though he has grown to appreciate the fact that he may have to endure another five-round war in his future.

When asked for his prediction for the UFC 229 main-event at last night’s UFC 229 press conference, his answer at first was the expected mix of bravado and self-assurance.

“Domination. His head bouncing off the canvas. All his pony-talk will be put on blast Oct 6.

“As long as it takes. I believe one [round]. He has a glass-jaw. My Chechen friends told me that they have chicken-jaws in Dagestan and I believe them because I know a glass-jaw when I see one.

“I’ve seen this man wobble many times. I’ve seen his brother sparked unconscious in another promotion. I know he is afraid of a smack and if you’re afraid of a smack off me, a smack will feel like a double-barrelled shotgun.”

He then made it clear, though, that he and his team are prepared for five. ‘War’ was a word thrown around a lot during Conor’s time on stage and while he believes it will be quick and brutal – he’ll come into this one ready for a championship-length outing.

“So I believe inside the first [round], but, I have been wrong before. I will be prepared for five-rounds.”

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.