Conor McGregor is moving up a weight class to take on Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 197 in Las Vegas and a top 5 lightweight believes McGregor has a great chance of capturing his second UFC strap.
Speaking on the MMA hour today with Ariel Helwani, Khabib Nurmagomedov has backed McGregor to record a comprehensive win.
“In lightweight division, Conor McGregor the strongest guy because he doesn’t need to cut so much weight. I think his takedown defence is good and he has more punching power and his kicking is good. But RDA is a very tough guy and of the fight goes five rounds, my opinion is that Rafael will win. But first round or second round, I think Conor will win. Prediction, I think Conor will beat him with knock-out.”
Nurmagomedov has not fought since UFC on Fox 11 where he defeated the current UFC lightweight in dominant fashion in a unanimous decision victory.
‘The Eagle’ did provide a way that dos Anjos can retain the title against McGregor at the close of the interview:
“Chad is a better wrestler than RDA and but Rafael has better top control than Chad. If dos Anjos can take him (McGregor) down and keep him on the ground, he can be beaten.”