It looks like Khabib Nurmagomedov will be facing Tony Ferguson next, but if “The Eagle” faces Conor McGregor later this year, the latter’s coach isn’t expecting much of a contest.
Following Nurmagomedov’s win over Michael Johnson in November, the galaxy glass grappler is the UFC’s #1 contender at 155 and is knocking on the title shot door. But, since McGregor is expected to take a bit of break, the UFC has been trying to book Nurmagomedov – Ferguson. The fight isn’t signed, but recently Ferguson tweeted out that he’ll “see” the lightweight contender March 4th.
That bout aside, for sometime now, a lot of folks have argued that Nurmagomedov’s takedowns and top game will be too much for McGregor, when and if they fight. But, while speaking to Submission Radio recently, McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis said this (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“He’s too easily hit,” Danis said. “If you saw in the Michael Johnson fight, he was getting like wobbled and rocked every time they were on the feet. So Conor is going to pick him apart like he does all the wrestlers. He hits you from everywhere and he kicks you in the stomach. And people don’t see those shots on TV, like some of those teep kicks and some of the kicks to the stomach, but those take the wind out of you. And when you basically have to take someone down, it puts a different kind of feeling in your stomach ad in your gut when you have to take the guy down. The guy’s beating you up on the feet, and when you go to the ground he’s elbowing you. So I think Conor puts him away in probably one or two rounds with strikes.”
It is true that Nurmagomedov ate some big shots during his scrap with Johnson. But, the undefeated fighter kept coming, and Johnson didn’t have any answers for Nurmagomedov’s takedowns or grappling skills. So, it would be fascinating to see if McGregor could in fact, keep the bout standing as Danis predicts.
First things first, however, and that’s Ferguson; a guy who has won nine straight fights.