As Conor McGregor rose through the rankings, there was another fighter on the rise. Their paths never crossed. Some said the UFC was protecting Conor from Khabib, as Conor’s wrestling hadn’t been tested and it is believed to be the weak point in his game.
Khabib, on the other hand, is arguably one of the best wrestlers in the UFC and he’s just nasty when the fight gets to the ground.
The UFC can only shelter Conor from Khabib for so long, and now years later, the two are finally set to meet at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6th. Tickets go on sale August 17th.
There’s already plenty of animosity leading up to this bout, to say that Conor and Khabib aren’t huge fans of eachother would be an understatement. Their differences hit a boiling point when Conor went on his backstage rampage, but despite displaying frusteration at Conor’s actions, Dana White saw the dollar signs around this match up.
Since years have passed since the two could have originally met up in the Octagon, will that be enough time for Conor to have improved his wrestling and ground game? Will he rely on take down defense, and will it matter against an opponent as strong and skilled as Khabib?
On the flip side, while he is down to stand and exchange blows, striking isn’t Khabib’s strongest trait and it is Conor’s strongest trait, so it will be interesting to see what kind of approach Khabib takes. The undefeated Russian has shown a willingness to eat shots in order to close the distance, but that could prove to be a very dangerous strategy against someone as quick and powerful as McGregor.