Conor Mcgregor’s Teammate Artem Lobov Believes Irishman Will Stop Khabib Nurmagomedov In Round 1
Don’t tell Artem Lobov that Conor ‘Notorious’ McGregor vs. Khabib ‘Eagle’ Nurmagomedov is a classic striker vs. grappler contest. “The Russian Hammer” even said Mcgregor is more than all rounded athlete and can easily win if the fight ends up in a grappling situation. (Via BloodyElbow)
“When you say it like that, it’s as if Conor doesn’t have wrestling and grappling, and Khabib doesn’t have any striking,” Lobov told The Mac Life. “It is true that Khabib doesn’t really have any striking, but it’s certainly not true that Conor’s grappling or wrestling is not on that level.
“He can easily out-grapple Khabib, and in the wrestling as well. Of course this is Khabib’s game, so we’re not stupid. We’re not gonna fall into his hands right away, but make no mistake about it, we’re gonna be ready everywhere.”
Nurmagomedov is a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling area. However, Lobov doesn’t foresee him causing Notorious too many problems on the ground. In fact, ‘Russian Hammer’ predicts his sparring partner will quickly finish the fight and regain his lightweight gold.
“I see Conor stopping him in Round 1. I just don’t see Khabib being able to do anything,” he said. “Look at some of his other fights he’s been in. The Iaquinta fight, when he was connecting, Khabib did not like it at all. He was going back, leaning back, turning away, closing his eyes.
“The same against Michael Johnson. When Michael Johnson connected, Khabib couldn’t take him down anymore. The only reason they ended up on the floor was because Michael Johnson decided to wrap up the guillotine and bring him down himself — which was the biggest mistake of his life. I’m sure he still regrets that. Either than that, he had stuffed Khabib’s takedowns already,” he continued.
“So I see all that, I see Conor in training. I see his timing, I know his wrestling, how good his grappling as well. I just don’t see it any other way. First round stoppage for Conor McGregor.”
Do you agree with Conor Mcgregor’s teammate Artem Lobov that Mcgregor can easily out grapple Khabib?