Las Vegas is once again the world's epicenter of combat sports. Tonight, UFC 229 headlines the undefeated and current lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov champion against MMA star Conor McGregor, who is back after a long absence.
With a record of 26 professional matches, Khabib represents a major challenge for the Irish. He has lost almost no rounds since his professional debut in 2008 and, above all, his style is extremely difficult to counter. Coming from sambo, a Russian comabt sport related to wrestling, he was able to transfer his qualities into the MMA very early on.
Khabib is a steamroller that exhausts its opponents in the phases of struggle, the transitions between standing and ground fighting. He very quickly secures his position on the ground, on his opponent, and all he has to do is finish the job by hammering his victim until the referee stops. While being able to talk to him or Dana White, the UFC boss, who took time to give him a chance for the title
On the other hand, McGregor will highlight his qualities in the phases of standing combat. His punch is well proven, with 18 wins per knockout. He is able to lengthen an opponent with only one left, which he particularly likes on the counter. If he has shown deficiencies on the ground, particularly against Nate Diaz, he is nevertheless complete in the other spheres of the fight.
Conor McGregor manages the distance very effectively, which very often allows him to anticipate and anticipate shots. He knows how to impose his rhythm, which, according to his opponents' own admission, is unlike any other. To put it simply, Conor hits his own tempo, which allows him to surprise any opponent. He has also managed to break through the defence of the world's best boxer, Floyd Mayweather, on a few occasions.
In the eyes of Las Vegas bookmakers, Khabib Nurmagomedov is widely favored. The reason for this was McGregor's long absence and the Russian's laudatory record. It should be remembered that Khabib won his points title against Al Iaquinta last April, an opponent far from the elite of the category.
The Russian has also shown some shortcomings, especially in cardio. And if you look at his previous opponents, you're a long way from McGregor's hunting list. The Irish rider got rid of Eddie Alvarez (in 8 minutes), Nate Diaz (with a decision), Jose Aldo (in 13 seconds), Chad Mendes (in 2 rounds)...
Technically speaking, Conor's timing represents a real danger to Khabib. In each fight, he was hit by his opponent. It is only very recently that it shows a better absorption of blows and an effective jab. Will that be enough against the KO artist?
Answer in the night from Saturday to Sunday around 5am!
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