UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has given his verdict on the upcoming fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
The Canadian had been tipped as one of the possible opponents for the Dagestani before the UFC ultimately moved to secure a super-clash with the Irishman.
With McGregor’s antics prior to UFC 223 in Brooklyn landing him months of legal trouble and a lengthy court process, the announcement of the Nurmagomedov – McGregor fight was put off until the conclusion of the Dubliner’s trial.
After a plea deal was secured, the UFC wasted little time in getting the fight booked in for October 6 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Speaking to Submission Radio about the upcoming bout, however, St-Pierre offered his views on who he would pick to emerge the victor:
If I had to bet – if I had to put my house on it, the biggest one! – I would have to choose Khabib over Conor,
Khabib never lost, and Conor has lost before. He’s lost on the ground. He has a few losses and he lost on the ground. That’s where Khabib is good, that’s where Khabib is more competent.
However, Khabib is sometimes a slow starter and he gets punched a lot.
McGregor hasn’t been seen inside of the Octagon since 2016, where his defeat of Eddie Alvarez crowned him the organisation’s first simultaneous two-weight champion.