Al Iaquinta: “It Would Look Good For Me If Khabib Beats the shit Out Of Conor More Than He Beat The Shit Out Of Me On Day’s Notice.”
We all know style make fights and we are going to witness a historic battle between former two-division champion Conor McGregor who’s returning to Octagon after two years of hiatus to face an undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6.
McGregor is a powerful striker meanwhile Khabib is a great grappler, these two opposing styles should make for an intriguing showdown. Will McGregor’s striking ability keep Nurmagomedov from dropping him to the canvas? If Khabib successfully takes Irishman to the ground, what will happen? Note here both fighters don’t like either that could add spice in the fight.
MMA community and pundits gave their predictions about this super fight that who’ll come out victorious. Many visualize if Mcgregor beat Khabib it would be via knockout, while if Nurmagomedov beats Mcgregor, it would be by submission, decision or TKO.
Now we have another fighter Al Iaquinta who’s the last man got beatdown by Khabib Nuramgomedov at UFC 223 weighs-in on the matchup and heavily lean toward Khabib to win the bout. (Via MMAFighting)
“The worst-case scenario, I think he takes a few shots from Conor and just keeps coming forward,” Iaquinta said. “I mean, Conor obviously has the power to put him out, but I don’t know. Does he? I think a lot of people think he does, because he’s knocked a lot of people out, but Khabib is tough. He sees things, he’s got a little awkward style, which is different. It’s tough to adjust to, because it’s so different standup-wise.”
”Conor, he’s quit before, he’s given up,” he continued. “Against Diaz, it gets a little later rounds. I think he’s a pretty fighter. If the fight is pretty and it’s going good for him … [Chad] Mendes took that fight on no notice. He had zero in the gas tank going into that fight. If it’s five rounds of that, I think Conor is finding a way out.”
Regardless of whatever the outcomes will be, Iaquinta would love to see Mcgregor get a massive beating at UFC 229 then the one he endured at UFC 223 and rooting for Khabib to come out a winner in a violent fashion.
“It would look good for me — if [Khabib] beats the shit out of [Conor] more than he beat the shit out of me on a day’s notice. It’d look real good. So, I hope Khabib f*cking knocks his ass out, makes him quit and rearranges his face like he says he’s gonna do. I think it’s gonna happen. I hope it happens.”
Do you agree with Al Iaquinta’s assessment on this bout? Who you vote between Mcgregor and Khabib to win?