Nick Diaz voiced his doubts about Conor McGregor’s chances inside the octagon over five rounds with Khabib Nurmagomedov if they ever meet in a lightweight title clash.
The now-infamous events of the week that preceded April’s UFC 223 will, of course, live long in the memory but with us moving into the summer, the controversy surrounding the former two-weight world champion of the UFC, Conor McGregor, has certainly subsided to a certain extent.
For a while there it did seem as though his fighting future was in some serious jeopardy but with the dust now settling, all signs are pointing towards a punishment far less severe than the one that many had previously imagined. As long as Khabib Nurmagomedov sits on the lightweight throne, though, the eventual clash that will see McGregor attempt to win back his title will be the biggest fight in the history of the sport.
Nick Diaz is a man who has had more than a couple of heated exchanges with the Irishman given his brother’s Nate’s long-standing rivalry with him and in a recent video posted by ESNews, he broke down why Conor lacks the ‘formula’ to beat a fighter that poses the problems that Khabib does.
“That’s going to be a tough fight for both people. There is a lot of pressure for one guy. Khabib’s supposed to win. Because a guy like Conor, it takes a long time to develop a formula to deal with someone like Georges St-Pierre or Khabib.
“There’s a certain formula you have to use. You can’t just lay on your back. You have to turn over and you have to know how to deal with stuff.”
Diaz was unsuccessful in his attempt to dethrone the legendary Georges St-Pierre when they fought for the welterweight title and in a way, the challenge presented by GSP could be described in a similar fashion to Nurmagomedov. Both are extremely technical in their approach and while both aren’t exactly hiding their gameplan, those who have been able to stop them have been few and far between.
If we ever get to see Khabib and Conor fight, it will surely be a stylistic matchup like no other before it.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena