Khabib Nurmagomedov has supplied his prediction for Conor McGregor’s showdown towards Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, tipping his outdated rival for an early knockout win.
‘The Infamous’ returns to motion this weekend in a rematch of his shootout with Poirier at UFC 178, which resulted in a first-round KO.
The Russian is aware of each fighters intimately, having overwhelmed every of them by submission within the octagon – McGregor within the fourth spherical again in 2018, adopted by Poirier within the third in 2019.
Nurmagomedov introduced his retirement final yr after beating Justin Gaethje to increase his unbeaten file to 29-0.
And with McGregor set to make his third return from retirement early on Sunday morning, Khabib has additionally been linked with a comeback and his outdated Irish rival has been mooted as a doable opponent.
‘The Infamous’ is determined to have one other shot on the Russian and with Khabib insisting a doable contender should ‘impress’ him to tempt him out of retirement, McGregor has promised a ‘masterpiece’ towards Poirier.
The Dubliner appears in one of the best form of his life forward of his newest comeback, and Khabib has backed McGregor for an early-round victory on Combat Island.
Nonetheless, he has additionally warned McGregor that American star Poirier might shock him within the later rounds.
Requested for his prediction on UFC’s ‘Trying For a Combat’ present, Khabib mentioned: “Simply two rounds – Conor.
‘Early, it’s Conor.
“However, third spherical, quantity 4, I feel Dustin can beat this man.”
McGregor’s stamina to go deep into the rounds has routinely been questioned previously, together with from outdated rival Khabib.
However the Irishman has rejected these ‘myths’ within the build-up to the battle and has insisted he’ll ‘reply’ that criticism within the octagon.
Saturday evening’s battle is McGregor’s first in a yr having introduced his retirement or the third time in 2020.
McGregor breezed previous Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone final January simply 40 seconds into his comeback bout, following his dramatic defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
Poirier has additionally misplaced to Khabib however has claimed various wonderful wins since his defeat to McGregor, of their first assembly in 2014 and is a much-improved fighter now.