Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomeodv has given a bold prediction for UFC 264 event featuring Conor Mcgregor Vs Dustin Poirier.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the best fighters to have ever competed in the UFC. He retired with an amazing 29-0 record and as the undisputed, undefeated UFC lightweight champion. His style of grappling has made him one of the most dominant athletes in the history of the sport. Nurmagomedov was ranked No.1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings at the time of his retirement and until being removed following his title vacation in March 2021.
Nurmagomedov has fought both Dustin Poirier and Conor Mcgregor and submitted both on them in round 3 and round 4 respectively. UFC announced that Nurmagomedov would make his first defense of his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on 6 October in Las Vegas. In the fight, Nurmagomedov won the first two rounds but lost to McGregor in the third round. It was the first time Nurmagomedov lost a round in his UFC career. He managed to defeat McGregor in the fourth round via submission. The fight drew 2.4 million pay-per-view buys which is still the highest number of PPV buys in the UFC for any event.
Khabib Nurmagomedov made his second defense against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. He won the fight via submission in the third round. In his last fight Nurmagomedov faced Gaethje in a unification bout on 24 October 2020 in the main event at UFC 254. Nurmagomedov won the fight via submission with a triangle choke in the second round to defend and re-unify the UFC Lightweight Championship. He announced his retirement after that fight.
Khabib Nurmagomedov gives his prediction for UFC 264
UFC 264 features the much-anticipated trilogy fight between Conor Mcgregor and Dustin Poirier. The duo has fought twice before with each of them winning one fight. Conor won the first fight in 2014 while Dustin won the second fight in 2021. With the series settled at 1-1, they both are set to fight this trilogy fight. Khabib who has wins over both of them has given his prediction to the third contest.
“It’s the same thing (as the previous fights),” Nurmagomedov told UFC Russia about McGregor-Poirier 3. “If it’s the first round, I’d back Conor. From the second and further, then Dustin.”
Khabib also expressed his thought on the division which is totally stacked with lots of rising contenders including his cousin Islam Makhachev.
“It’s a nice composition of the division. The Brazilians, if you look at Oliveira and dos Anjos. The Americans are well represented, Poirier, Gaethje, Chandler,” Nurmagomedov said. “You could say it’s like a world war, the Brazilians, the Americans, the Russians. This division has always been the most interesting and the strongest. It will be fun by the end of the year.”
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