It appears to be a matter of when and not if the fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will take place.
Recent events surrounding McGregor’s legal troubles mean that he is likely to return to the Octagon soon, seemingly on a collision course with the lightweight champion.
The debate on who would win is a real throwback – it has been framed as the classic striker vs grappler match-up – with McGregor the distinct danger-man on the feet, while Khabib has the capacity to embarrass the Irishman with his grappling nous.
It’s unsurprising therefore that WEC featherweight legend Urijah Faber views it in that sense when he spoke to TMZ, but which approach is he backing to prevail?
Nonetheless, Faber gives McGregor the edge in the much anticipated bout.
“I think the odds are in Conor’s favour because every round starts standing”, he said.
“And unless Khabib can take him down over and over again right off the bat, the power’s gonna be a little much. The Mystic Mac has some good wins, he beat Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, those guys don’t get knocked out often.”
Khabib’s striking is improving by the fight, though his defence still leaves much to be desired. Striking exchanges are something we’ll see, given that as Faber rightly says, each round starts on the feet. What will happen when they exchange is anyone’s guess.