Khabib Nurmagomedov (@1.29) vs Conor McGregor (@3.5)
01-01-2020

Our Prediction:

Khabib Nurmagomedov will win

Khabib Nurmagomedov – Conor McGregor Match Prediction | 01-01-2020 21:00

If hes not paid what hes worth, hes willing to fight Dustin Poirier instead. That leaves the UFC with two options: UFC 229 in early October, or a New Years Eve showdown at UFC 232. Khabib Nurmagomedov doesnt believe McGregor deserves a title shot, but will accept the fight if hes adequately compensated. McGregor is hinting at a fight in Vegas.

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But punch for punch, Lewis is the heavier hitter and if he hits first, Volkov is definitely going to sleep. Make no mistake, Lewis can be knocked out. I think Volkov is too mobile for Lewis. Im not going to risk my money of Derrick Lewis health. My only concern is Derrick Lewis back because Volkov is a mobile heavyweight and if he cant get to Volkov, Lewis is going to tire out and hes shown that weakness in previous bouts. Hes been taken out thrice in five losses.

Volkov is on a good run right now but it will be interesting to see how he fares against one of the heaviest punchers in the business. Volkov has a four inch height advantage but only a one inch reach advantage so if he can keep Lewis at a distance, he has a chance at winning this fight. But if Lewis gets near him, the Black Beast can take him down or can slug it out with him.

UFC 229 fight card predictions: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov expert picks and odds

Ferguson has a record of 23-3 with 9 knockouts and 9 submissions. Tony Ferguson was supposed to fight Khabib at UFC 223 for the lightweight title but he suffered a freak accident and was replaced by Al Iaquinta. Now El Cucuy sets his sights at the winner of the main event but he must first defeat former champion Anthony Pettis. He is currently on a lightweight record 10 fight winning streak.

Khabibs strategy revolves around the takedown. Conors takedown defense--73%--is solid, but he hasnt faced many takedown artists of Nurmagomedovs calibre. Averaging 5.44 for every 15 minutes of ring time (to Conors 0.92), hell likely try to exploit the weakness inherent in McGregors three loses coming by submission. Nurmagomedovs takedown defence statistics may appear irrelevant as Conor is highly unlikely to win the match via a takedown.

Nate Diaz easily tapped him out as soon as McGregor allowed the fight to go to ground, and Chad Mendes gave him a few nervous moments with his wrestling. His three professional losses have all been by way of submission, and weve seen him struggle against grapplers before. Conversely, McGregor is completely out of his element when taken to the ground.

This fight that should break the current UFC PPV record, which is currently held by Diaz vs McGregor 2, but its also going to cost the UFC a fortune. McGregor is rumored to have made $100 million during his excursion into boxing, and Nurmagomedov seems genuinely prepared to walk if hes low-balled. If the UFC wants to make this money fight, theyll have to split the spoils with the fighters.

UFC 229 has finally arrived, with the UFC pay-per-view set to go down Saturday night inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main event scheduled for the card is one of the biggest that the sport has ever seen, with Conor McGregor set to return from a lengthy absence to challenge reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Sure, hes got great will power and determination. Bu Khabib has just too many advantages over him in this fight. All things considered, I think McGregors only chance is a knockout. Ring rust will add to McGregors woes so if he cant land early, hes going to get tired. The longer this fight goes, the more it is in favor of Khabib. McGregor has always slowed down after a couple of rounds and against someone like Khabib who can fight for 10 rounds, thats disaster. If he survives the early onslaught, this is is fight to win. All Nurmagomedov will have to do is weather the early storm.