How Conor Will Win
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UFC 229 is this weekend, and the main event is one for the ages: Conor McGregor returns to the UFC for the first time in nearly 2 years to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. There gave been claims of mauling and knockouts from both sides of the exchange, and today we are going to give a scenario where Conor defeats Khabib and regains his once-stripped UFC Lightweight belt.
Two words: Left. Hook.
Many said McGregor would duck Khabib because of the stylistic mismatch he potentially presents, but Conor is not one to cower away from a fight. What has not been talked about enough, in my opinion, is that every fight starts on the feet. Every. Single. One. With that being said, I would be hard pressed to find someone who thinks that Khabib is a better standup fighter than Conor is. I mean, you don’t see Khabib going out and fighting the (arguably) best boxer ever for a 9-figure paycheck, do you? Didn’t think so. Conor is ELITE with his boxing. He is ELITE with his spatial awareness. The way he slides in and out of his distance is fluidic and his timing is impeccable. The most likely way this fight ends is an onslaught of punches, ending with a perfectly placed left hook on Khabib’s chin, knocking him dead. Khabib can’t handle the left hook, but then again, nobody else can either. It’s his secret weapon. McGregor says precision beats power and timing beats speed, but what can an opponent do if a precise, well-timed, fast, powerful left hook comes to them? They crumble. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Conor is champion again and all is right in MMA. What’s next? I don’t know and don’t care because Conor is king again.
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