Former double champ and superstar ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor took on current UFC lightweight king Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov in his comeback fight at UFC 229 in October last year.
What many thought might be a kryptonite and would hand the first ‘L’ to the invincible Nurmagomedov, the lightweight champion was quick to shut everything down. Nurmagomedov gave McGregor a taste of him own medicine, by dropping him before submitting him in the fourth round.
Despite dominating McGregor, Nurmagomedov’s coach and AKA head coach Javier Mendez still believes McGregor is the toughest fight for Khabib. Speaking with SportsDaily.ru, Mendez addressed the issue.
“Talking about four potential rivals for Khabib I can give my assessment from the [least] dangerous to the most dangerous,” Mendez said. “Max Holloway [would] be the easiest for Khabib. Max has good boxing but it lacks the power to the lightweight division. Next on the list is Dustin Poirier. He’s got stamina and versatility. Tony Ferguson is my second choice. His elbows are very dangerous. And finally [the] number one contender for me is still Conor. His boxing is special, that’s his chance.”
Despite McGregor being retired and Nurmagomedov reportedly turning down the rematch, with the way negotiations take place, a rematch can certainly never be off the charts.