Since dethroning Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship at UFC 205, plenty of names are coming forward to act as the Irishman’s first test.
Tony Ferguson threw his name into the fold after picking up a convincing win over Rafael dos Anjos, Nate Diaz wants to complete a trilogy while Tyron Woodley is also open to the idea of defending his title against Notorious.
KHABIB WANTS CONOR
However, most of the attention seems to be falling on the unbeaten Russian, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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After defeating Michael Johnson on the UFC 205 preliminary card, he made no secret of the fact that he wanted McGregor and the title, and he hasn’t held back in calling out - who he calls - the ‘chicken’.
While many will have doubts whether Nurmagomedov can put a stop to McGregor’s momentum, mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson believes the Irishman’s stint as lightweight champion could be a very short one.
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Speaking on The Adam Carolla Show, Hendo said: “I think the kid that fought last weekend, I have trouble with his name, Magomedov, the Russian kid, that’s at 155, I think he would definitely give Conor a huge problem.
“I think he definitely would take him down and beat the p*** out of him.”
The Eagle showed off the confidence he has since returning from his injury nightmare, with many surprised at his comments towards Johnson regarding a championship fight, while still throwing punches at him on the ground.
ON BOARD WITH MCGREGOR
However, despite his thoughts on how a fight between the pair would go, Henderson is warming to McGregor and the skills he brings to the Octagon.
He added: “I don’t dislike him.
“I think it took me a while to kinda get on board with him, just to see a little bit more well-roundedness. He’s always shown that he’s got good hands, good kicks, but to see him against a couple of different wrestlers that had good hands, it took me a while to get on board with him.
“I think Eddie just did not fight a smart fight whatsoever. He didn’t use his wrestling whatsoever.”
It’s definitely a fight that fans want to see, but with McGregor expected to return to action next summer, perhaps the dangerous Dagestani will have to compete again to prove he truly does deserve the next opportunity.
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