Conor McGregor tipped to thrash Khabib Nurmagomedov in any rematch – ‘It won’t be close’

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Conor McGregor would put away Khabib Nurmagomedov within five rounds should a rematch happen. That is according to the Irishman’s training partner Dillon Danis.

The UFC titans clashed at UFC 229 in 2018, when McGregor lost to a neck crank submission in round four.

Khabib went on to win a further two fights against Dustin Poirier and, only last month, Justin Gaethje to go 29-0 in the Octagon. The Russian then stunned the MMA world by announcing his retirement from the sport shortly after the bout.

However, talk of a McGregor and Khabib rematch hasn’t slowed – especially with the Notorious making a U-turn on his retirement to fight Poirier late this month at UFC 257.

And should the pair return to the Octagon, Danis is backing only one winner.

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“The thing is, I don’t think it would be close, I really don’t,” he said on the NELK boys live stream. “If Conor’s mindset is like how it is now, it won’t be close.

“Trust me, I know what Conor McGregor can do, ability-wise. It wouldn’t be a close fight.

“Khabib is a one-dimensional fighter, Conor would put him away within five rounds.”

McGregor has only fought once since his defeat to Khabib, destroying Donald Cerrone 40 seconds into the first round. Danis believes this is proof McGregor has what it takes to beat the Russian.

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“Look at his last fight and how good he did, that fight was his fight,” he said. “With the right mindset and the right camp, it isn’t even close.

“I would bet my soul and everything I have in my possession that he would beat Khabib the second time.”

Khabib recently spoke about McGregor himself, naming him as one of the top three lightweight fighters around.

“Top three [lightweight] fighters right now? Poirier, McGregor and [Islam] Makhachev,” he said, according to MMA Fighting. “He is not in the top-five yet, but those are the best fighters.

“My belt will be taken by the winner of Dustin and Conor.”

As to what UFC president Dana White has said on the matter, he believes he can convince Khabib to make a comeback.

“The truth is, he has not committed to anything,” he told TMZ Sport.

“What he has committed to is meeting with me next month. He and I are going to sit down, we’re going to meet next month.

“We’re going to find out how persuasive I can be – I’ll bet on me every time.”

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