Firas Zahabi: “I See Khabib Vs Conor Clash As A One-Sided Victory Due To Differences In Their Fighting Styles”
Firas Zahabi is a long-time coach of the former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. Firas chose his words carefully when he was asked about Khabib Vs Conor final result. Two possible outcomes were predicted by Firas Zahabi – KO victory for Conor, or ground and pound TKO win for Khabib. (via MMAMania.com)
“What I’m doubting, what I don’t see very likely is a seesaw battle. Where there’s a lot of stand up, then they hit the ground, then they get back up, and they’re striking and they’re wrestling, and it’s a back-and-forth battle where it’s coming down the last round — that, I don’t see. I don’t see a very competitive fight even though these two fighters are great phenomenal competitors. The only reason I do see it this way — a one-sided victory — it’s purely because of their styles. McGregor’s style is completely opposite to Khabib’s …. That’s McGregor at a distance, sniping, and that’s Khabib up-close, in personal, tying up, clinching. It’s going to be a blowout either way. Either Khabib is going to win and it’s going to seem lopsided … Khabib is going to take him down and maul him, or McGregor is going to catch him on his way in and knock him out. It’s going to happen one way or another.”
Firas Zahabi doesn’t support Paulie Malignaggi and Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He believes there will be a blowout, one way or another. Firas Zahabi also emphasizes there is a big difference between their fighting styles.
When it comes to McGregor, fighter who constantly clinches up comes as the worst possible scenario. Khabib Nurmagomedov is known for amazing stamina. This might create big problems for The Notorious. But don’t forget how dangerous Conor’s left cross is. Mystic Mac knocked Jose Aldo out cold at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015, after only 13 seconds! He kept Chad Mendes on the distance at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015, thanks to his lightning-fast left punch!
Khabib Nurmagomedov has never been finished. Yet, Michael Johnson rocked him hard at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016. A perfectly-timed chin strike might be his only vulnerability at the moment. And there is no doubt Conor can do that as a master of straight punches!
UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event is slated for October 6, 2018, inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Do you agree with Firas Zahabi? Do you expect a brutal knockout or a tactical fight? Who is your favorite?