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John Kavanagh Believes Khabib Nurmagomedov Is A ‘Better Version Of Georges St-Pierre’

Ahead of the highly anticipated clash of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 on Saturday, John Kavanagh, coach to Conor McGregor, has thrown some serious praise in the direction of the number one lightweight contender.

Nurmagomedov has been gunning for McGregor ever since the Irishman decimated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November and has made it no secret of how the former featherweight champion was given a straight title shot, ahead of the number one contender himself.

On Saturday the Russian will take on perhaps his most challenging opponent in Tony Ferguson. Between them they have gone 17 fights unbeaten and the clash is one of the most anticipated in recent UFC history.


Now, in an interview with Submission Radio (as reported by MMA Mania), SBG patriarch Kavanagh has paid Nurmagomedov one of the best compliments a fighter of his style could receive.

Musing about potential future opponents for his most famous of students, the likes of Nurmagomedov, Nate Diaz and Georges St-Pierre are thrown in the mix.

Speaking more on the Dagestani native, Kavanagh gives his thoughts on his clash with Ferguson at UFC 209,

“I think Khabib does it, so I think Khabib will be the winner.”

Then, speaking of GSP:

“(I’m a) big fan of him, I’ve learnt a lot from watching his fights, but it’s a long time since he’s fought and the game changes very, very quickly and I think Khabib is sort of like a better version of GSP.”

High praise indeed for a potential opponent for McGregor upon his return from his hiatus from octagon.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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