Daniel Cormier and Eddie Alvarez have given their takes on how a historic clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov would go down.
Having taken on Conor McGregor at UFC 205, Eddie Alvarez is the last fighter to have squared off against the Irishman inside the Octagon. As such, the 34-year-old is perhaps in a better position than most to anticipate how the SBG man would fare should he ever enter the cage to take on the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Speaking to ES News, Alvarez stated that, although he feels that the Russian should have the edge overall in the proposed contest, if he doesn’t correct the obvious flaws in his game, McGregor will put him to sleep with ease.
If Khabib does not correct the mistake of sitting back with his chin back and going to the side, Conor’s gonna put his lights out with that left hand pretty bad, pretty quickly. Until he does that, he’s always in danger of getting beat by a guy with knockout power like Conor McGregor.
But I don’t think Conor’s got a strong enough spirit to withstand Khabib’s ground attack over and over and over. So I have to give the edge to Khabib because I feel like there will be takedowns and Conor will not get up. And I don’t know if he has the spirit to stay in a fight where Khabib is controlling 15-20 minutes of a 25 minute battle.
Meanwhile, speaking to MMA Fighting, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier stated that he is certain a McGregor vs Nurmagomedov fight will happen and that the Russian will easily dominate the ‘Notorious’ when the bout goes down.
“He’ll fight Conor McGregor,” said Cormier. “It’s going to happen. I think because of the finances, it will be the most viable fight for [McGregor]. He created more interest in that fight with that crazy action that he did. He’s going to get taken down and smashed.”
Referring to McGregor’s UFC 189 clash with Chad Mendes, Cormier suggested that the 29-year-old simply is not capable of effectively handling high-level wrestlers and that Khabib’s size will prove too much for McGregor.
“When I watch Conor fight Chad Mendes, Chad Mendes is a great wrestler but he’s small. He beat him up for two rounds. He beat Conor for two rounds until Conor got up.
“He had done that for two straight rounds on 10 days’ notice. He ain’t getting up like Al Iaquinta got up. You see what happens when you get stuck under Khabib. You become frickin’ Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson.”