UFC 229, which is approximately 2 weeks away, is going to be a very interesting fight. It will feature 2 specialists; Conor McGregor, an explosive striker with a left hand that is the touch of death, as Tristar Coach Firas Zahabi likes to call it, and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a ground and pound specialist with furious forward pressure and grappling specifically chain wrestling.
How do I think will win the fight? I have been discussing this fight with a few people and listening to commentators to gather some thoughts. So far everyone is pretty much saying the same thing, it’s a 50/50 split.
The weakness that Khabib presents is his striking ability specifically his evasive ability to hit and not get hit. In a previous fight, Khabib tends to get hit while coming in for the takedown. The big question is: will Khabib be able to withstand Conor’s thunderous left hand as he comes in for the takedown? Has Khabib made the necessary adjustments to his striking game to overcome Conor’s touch of death.?
While Conor’s weakness is his ability to maintain his knock out power in the later rounds. Mostly every MMA analyst has negatively commented on Conor McGregor’s gas tank. In order words, his poor endurance towards the later rounds of a fight.
I think Conor will be able to manage his endurance in the fight because of his experience but his explosive left hand may be a result of his physiological make up, the use of his fast twitch muscle fibers and ability to generate kinetic energy.
As seen from the MayWeather fight, his ability to throw power punches in the later round significantly decreased. This may be an unfair comparison because it was a different combat sport but same result held true in the previous Nate Diaz wars’ Conor had.
There are other aspects of each fighters game that I will dive into in the next blog but I if had to choose this week on an out come of the fight I would choose Conor McGregor.
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