‘Conor Could Beat Khabib in a Grappling Match’

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The MMA world was finally given a date for arguably the most hyped
match in history when current
Ultimate Fighting Championship
lightweight champion Khabib
Nurmagomedov
takes on the former champion Conor
McGregor
on Oct. 6 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

The two fighters could not be much more different stylistically.
The undefeated Nurmagomedov is a combat sambo world champion
capable of manhandling his opponent, dragging him to the ground and
then beating him into submission regardless of his grappling
credentials. McGregor, on the other hand, prefers to stand and
relies on his laser-like precision striking and using his
unorthodox movements to land his left hand.

However, despite Nurmagomedov’s credentials and proven record
against elite fighters, McGregor’s teammate, grappling ace and
current Bellator
MMA
fighter Dillon
Danis
not only believes the Irishman will win on Oct. 6, he’s
even backing him in a theoretical grappling match against the
current champion.

“Conor could beat Khabib in a grappling match,” Danis told
Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “I think if you put them in a
grappling match like ADCC, I think people would be surprised. Conor
is a special athlete. The way he moves his body, he has the ability
to move in certain ways and make passes and stuff. He’s a really
good athlete.”

Danis was quick to point out that McGregor survived his bout with
Chad
Mendes
who he believes is a better wrestler than Nurmagomedov
and McGregor was able to use his wrestling to get back to his feet
eventually finishing the fight.

Chad
Mendes
is a better wrestler than Khabib,” he said. “What
credentials does Khabib have in wrestling? Maybe in sambo. Chad Mendes
was second in NCAA.”

Danis believes McGregor will win the fight standing and pointed out
the success that Michael
Johnson
had against Nurmagomedov in their fight.

Michael
Johnson
caught Khabib,” Danis said. “Michael
Johnson
is not at the level Conor is.” Danis told Helwani that
he’ll be helping train McGregor for two months and is aiming for
his own return to fighting at Bellator 208 in New York on Oct. 13,
a week after McGregor’s fight at UFC 229.

“That’s what we’re aiming for,” he said. “We’ve talked about dates,
we just haven’t talked about names. I haven’t decided yet.”





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