Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: “I’d Bet My Car And House On Anderson Silva, He Will Knock Conor McGregor Out”
Conor McGregor wanted an immediate rematch versus Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC 229 loss. Unfortunately, Khabib and his manager are not interested at all. Also, “The Eagle” has to wait for the NSAC decision. It is hard to expect Khabib Vs Conor 2 will happen anytime soon.
As well as you know, Anderson Silva accepted Conor McGregor’s callout. But it would mean Conor McGregor has to gain a lot of weight. He has already fought in UFC Welterweight division versus Nate Diaz. But it is very hard to believe “The Spider” could go under 170 pounds!
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is the former Pride superstar. He is known as one of the rare competitors who gave a hard time to Fedor Emelianenko during his golden era. “Big Nog” is also remembered as the former Interim UFC Heavyweight champion. His best submissions were armbar, triangle choke, and anaconda choke.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira believes Silva Vs McGregor would be the showdown of two “punch and kick artists”. Nogueira also stated “The Spider” is not a good grappler. But “Big Nog” also says Anderson Silva can control the distance like a pro, and thinks this could create serious problems for Conor. “Big Nog” believes Silva is going to put McGregor to sleep. (H/T BloodyElbow)
“Anderson can get to 176 pounds, and McGregor would have to pump some iron,” Nog told Brazilian outlet Combate. “I would bet my house and car on Anderson, he would knock him out. Anderson masters distance like nobody else. They’re both southpaws, Anderson is good with counters and McGregor is good at straight punches. It would sell. Anderson knows how to play the trash talking game. If he needs to put on that mask, he will.”
“I think it’s a super fight! Conor McGregor knows how to control distance well, but Anderson does it like nobody else. Derek Brunson is aggressive, knows how to close the distance, but couldn’t do anything against Anderson. The grappling aspect would be Anderson’s biggest obstacle. It would be a beautiful fight between two talented athletes who know how to punch and kick.”
Do you agree with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira? After all, Conor McGregor is ready to do everything for cash. It is hard to believe he is joking about a super fight! One thing is certain – Anderson Silva has one of the best front kicks in the history of UFC! Remember what he did to Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 in the first round! Conor’s left straight punch is his strongest weapon. On the other hand, the front kick is one of the best counters against left cross! Conor should keep his hands up and protect his chin well if he wants to stay away from Silva’s dangerous left front kick!