After almost two full years away from the Octagon, former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor makes his return to MMA action on October 6th, when he challenges current lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 229 main event. This is expected to be one of the biggest fights in UFC history, both in actual matchup and in financial projections.
With a win, McGregor would become the first man to defeat Khabib, as well as the first to become UFC lightweight champion for a second time. The way UFC president Dana White sees it, even though McGregor has already accomplished incredible things inside the cage over the years, he’s still not been given proper respect as a fighter.
“It’s funny to say this because of how popular he is and what a huge star he is, but I think Conor McGregor is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC,” White said on UFC Unfiltered (via MMA Nytt). “Every time Conor McGregor comes out to fight somebody new and it’s a wrestler or it’s whatever, this is the fight that Conor is going to lose. He said that he would knock out Jose Aldo the way he did it, he said he would do it in the first round.
“A lot of people picked him to lose to Eddie Alvarez because of Eddie Alvarez’s style and wrestling. Look how he looked there. Leading up to the fight when he fought Chad Mendes — Chad Mendes is a wrestler, everybody believed that he would do that. Then after [Conor] won everybody said that Chad Mendes didn’t have enough time to train for it. The list goes on and on.”
McGregor is currently the betting underdog against his Russian rival, although that may very well change as we get closer to fight night. He’s dethroned the greatest featherweight of all-time in Jose Aldo, blasted one of the greatest lightweights ever in Eddie Alvarez, now he’s looking to add to his legacy by defeating Khabib, who figures to be a tough stylistic opponent due to his dominant wrestling and ground game.
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