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Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: Biggest Fight of the Year

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    It's almost that time! In just a couple days we'll finally get to see Conor McGregor take on Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. But who really thinks about the titles anymore? That's not what this particular fight is even about. This fight is purely a grudge match, period. It's pretty amazing just how fast the build up for this happened. It went from zero to 100 in basically just one afternoon.

    I, just like most others, didn't even have this on our radar until we heard about Conor and his team running up and attacking Khabib's tour bus. That one incident sparked this entire showdown. And who knows, it may have all been choreographed from the beginning, not that it really matters at this point. If there's one thing UFC fans can't get enough of, it's a bad-blood "super fight".

    I want to note that I think what Conor did here was just dumb. He should not have done this at his level of success. That's what's making me think this could all just be fake, probably not, but could be. If you didn't see the video of the incident I'm referring to, take a look :

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    I think Conor will win this fight. I don't think he deserves to, but I think he'll win. He's just proven himself too many times. And I don't think Khabib has what it takes to knock or tap Conor out. What do you think?

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    How Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov each can win at UFC 229

    Recommend checking that out. John Malkovich does voice over at the beginning to hype up the fight. It's really good.

    As for the commentary, I think they nailed it. Khabib has to protect his head, mainly his chin, when he goes in for a take down. And Conor needs to tire out Khabib and not allow him to ever get close enough to wrap him up for a take down.

    So like with most Conor fights the argument is if Conor can keep it a boxing match, he'll probably win. If it goes to the ground, he'll likely lose. And while I think that's usually pretty unfair against Conor's grappling skills, in this case, it's true.

    And given that, odds are good this goes to the ground at some point. So I think Khabib will win by submission.

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    Khabib needs to tap Conor to win. Otherwise Conor will win in a decision. That's my call.
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    SFriedman Wrote: Khabib needs to tap Conor to win. Otherwise Conor will win in a decision. That's my call.
    That's what I'm most looking forward to. I want this to be a grappling match, one not decided by decision. Khabib still holds the takedown record for most in a single fight, with 21 (on 27 attempts). Expect him to try early and often. :)
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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    I think Conor will win this fight. I don't think he deserves to, but I think he'll win. He's just proven himself too many times. And I don't think Khabib has what it takes to knock or tap Conor out. What do you think?

    McGregor's an asshole that honestly doesn't deserve this fight. But since it's happening, I agree with you.
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    Called it. Happy Great fight.

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    Yeah, this really was a great fight. Two completely different fighting styles. That first hard right to the face by Khabib was something that I dont think anyone was expecting to see.

    But I have to say, Dana White and Joe Rogan are really getting under my skin with this whole "this is horrible for MMA" routine. They were salivating at the moment Khabib lept the fence. Both Dana and Joe 100% know that that creates profitable chaos. If not, they would have stripped McGregor of his titles and never allowed him back after attacking Khabib's bus. They love this.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    But I have to say, Dana White and Joe Rogan are really getting under my skin with this whole "this is horrible for MMA" routine. They were salivating at the moment Khabib lept the fence. Both Dana and Joe 100% know that that creates profitable chaos. If not, they would have stripped McGregor of his titles and never allowed him back after attacking Khabib's bus. They love this.

    I'll agree with you about Dana White. If he really had no tolerance for this kind of stuff, Conor would have never got this fight in the first place. But disagree about Rogan. Joe doesn't have any control whatsoever on the organization or what's allowed, who gets fights, etc. So he can't be talking out of two sides of his mouth, like Dana is.

    Rogan is just a commentator and really just an uber fan. But he is also a martial artist himself (taekwondo and jui jitsu, black belts in both) so I believe him when he says stuff like this is disrespectful to the sport, as martial arts in general have historically been all about respect and honor. He is also just like anyone else and will react excitedly when crazy stuff happens right in front of him. But I don't think he is saying 'this is horrible' and then secretly very happy because it means more money for him or something like that. But for Dana, yeah. Probably. He does stuff like that all the time.

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    That's Dana's logic right there on what went down.

    Exclusive: Dana White deflects blame for Conor McGregor-Khabib UFC 229 post-fight brawl

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    Yeah, this really was a great fight. Two completely different fighting styles. That first hard right to the face by Khabib was something that I dont think anyone was expecting to see.

    Good point. To me this proved Khabib could possibly win a stand up only fight with Conor, but Conor had next to no chance to win a ground game with Khabib.

    Here's Joe Rogan talking about fight, what happened after (briefly) and the submission.

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    joetemple Wrote:
    PowerPlay Wrote:

    I think Conor will win this fight. I don't think he deserves to, but I think he'll win. He's just proven himself too many times. And I don't think Khabib has what it takes to knock or tap Conor out. What do you think?

    McGregor's an asshole that honestly doesn't deserve this fight. But since it's happening, I agree with you.

    I say he doesn't deserve to win this fight specifically because of the bus incident. That just took it too far at his level of success. But now that I know exactly what happened, I can understand why he did it though. Conor was defending his best friend after Khabib and his friends cornered, threatened and slapped him. I'd be fired up too. Not that that's a good excuse, but this is the real world. Things get out of hand quickly when people are threatened and friends "jumped" like that.

    Now on the other hand, I have tons of respect for Conor. That man worked himself to death to get to where he is. He's a living legend. No one can take away his legacy, even if he never wins another fight. Yeah, he talks more bs than any other competitor in the world, but he backs it up 99% of the time. And he's always humble after the fight, win or especially lose. He found a gimmick (trash talking/showboating) when he started his career and it has skyrocketed him to the top.

    I strongly suggest watching his Documentary. It's called 'Notorious'. I think I watched it on HBO. It really shows the other side of him and how much dedication and respect he has for the sport and all of his competitors.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    I'll agree with you about Dana White. If he really had no tolerance for this kind of stuff, Conor would have never got this fight in the first place. But disagree about Rogan. Joe doesn't have any control whatsoever on the organization or what's allowed, who gets fights, etc. So he can't be talking out of two sides of his mouth, like Dana is.

    Rogan is just a commentator and really just an uber fan. But he is also a martial artist himself (taekwondo and jui jitsu, black belts in both) so I believe him when he says stuff like this is disrespectful to the sport, as martial arts in general have historically been all about respect and honor. He is also just like anyone else and will react excitedly when crazy stuff happens right in front of him. But I don't think he is saying 'this is horrible' and then secretly very happy because it means more money for him or something like that. But for Dana, yeah. Probably. He does stuff like that all the time.

    You're right. I guess I just took it that way because Rogan was saying it too. Actually, a whole bunch of the other competitors were saying it as well. I think it was just them all jumping on the bandwagon for the attention. Dana is obviously loving it, and I don't blame him. Its just annoying to see him act so hurt about it.