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Dillon Danis Breaks Down Conor McGregor Vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov looked downright scary against Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in New York last November.

The Russian showed phenomenal control from the top position when he took Johnson to the ground, allowing him to pulverize his helpless American foe with a parade of percussive strikes, and the bout had long been a stomach-churning affair by the time Nurmagomedov mercifully brought it to a halt with a tap-inducing kimura.

It was vintage Khabib and it must have been very uncomfortable viewing for fans of the two men competing in that evening’s main event, Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez. After all, it seemed as though a fight with Nurmagomedov was the booby prize awaiting whomever emerged from that bout in possession of the UFC lightweight title.

However, while Nurmagomedov’s performance turned into an awesome one, there were some fleeting moments at the start that must have instilled some confidence in fans of McGregor and Alvarez too.

With a few snappy punches, Johnson highlighted some of Nurmagomedov’s defensive inadequacies in the striking department and also showed that the 28-year-old can be wobbled. Johnson has fast hands and his knockout of Dustin Poirier proved that he possesses plenty of pop as well, but he isn’t as big a puncher or as technically proficient a boxer as either McGregor or Alvarez.

Johnson had some success but he was eventually overwhelmed.
Johnson had some success but he was eventually overwhelmed.

If he could ding Nurmagomedov up, McGregor or Alvarez might be capable of doing a number on the sambo specialist.

In the end, McGregor ran out victorious against Alvarez and claimed the 155-pound strap with a virtuoso striking display. And his camp have indeed taken confidence from what they saw in the Nurmagomedov/Johnson fight.

Speaking to Submission Radio recently, McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis referred to Johnson’s success during his break-down of a potential future bout between ‘The Notorious’ one and ‘The Eagle’.

“He’s too easily hit,” Danis said. “If you saw in the Michael Johnson fight, he was getting like wobbled and rocked every time they were on the feet. So Conor is going to pick him apart like he does all the wrestlers(Transcription via MMAMania).”

“[McGregor] hits you from everywhere and he kicks you in the stomach. And people don’t see those shots on TV, like some of those teep kicks and some of the kicks to the stomach, but those take the wind out of you. And when you basically have to take someone down, it puts a different kind of feeling in your stomach ad in your gut when you have to take the guy down. The guy’s beating you up on the feet, and when you go to the ground he’s elbowing you. So I think Conor puts him away in probably one or two rounds with strikes.”

Of course, if the fight happens at some point down the line, Nurmagomedov will likely attempt to avoid exchanging with McGregor on the feet and look to implement a wrestling heavy approach. Danis, however, doesn’t believe that the undefeated lightweight menace will be able to impose his will on the SBG southpaw.

“What happened to Eddie doing that though? That’s what people said that Eddie was gonna do that and then he couldn’t even come close to taking Conor down. Nate couldn’t come close to taking Conor down. They all think they’re going to do something until they get in there. I train with the guy every day when I’m out there in Ireland, so I know what he’s capable of, and that’s definitely not going to happen.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland kicks Eddie Alvarez in their UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
McGregor in action against Alvarez at UFC 205.

Interestingly, Danis also fancies his own chances in an MMA fight with Nurmagomedov, despite having no professional experience in the sport. The Marcelo Garcia black belt explained that he has a little history with Khabib and expressed an interest in battling the Dagestani destroyer inside the cage in the future.

“That would be awesome,” said Danis. “I would love to do that. His hands aren’t that good, he’s a grappler. So it would probably be a grappling match and I feel like I can submit him. His Jiu Jitsu’s good, but it’s not very technical. He’s a little sloppy. So I feel like I would be able to finish him. But that could happen. But I’m not stupid either. I’m not gonna go to the UFC and probably fight Khabib in my first fight. But you know, down the road that would be a good match up I feel. He’s not going to be undefeated anymore once if he fights Conor, so I’ll be fine to give him another loss.”

“That would be a good one. It’d be the first time you’d see Khabib on his back.”

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.