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UFC Fight Night 100 stars believe Khabib Nurmagomedov can beat Conor McGregor

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Since defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, there are fans that believe nobody on the roster can beat Conor McGregor.

You’ll see it in every forum or comments section you visit, fans arguing back and forth over which fighters they believe can cause the Irishman the most trouble.

WHO CAN BEAT MCGREGOR?

Nate Diaz is always a popular choice, and it’s difficult to argue against that considering he already submitted the Notorious in their first outing earlier this year.

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Others believe a rematch with Jose Aldo will prove that 13 seconds wasn’t enough to show that McGregor is the better fighter out of the two.

However, MMAFighting took the question to the UFC fighters themselves before the Fight Night 100 event last weekend, asking who they believe can defeat McGregor.

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It comes as no surprise that most of them believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov is the man to do just that.

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Kamaru Usman revealed: “There’s a lot of guys. To be honest with you, if Conor had to fight someone like Michael Johnson, I think Michael Johnson would light him up.

“Michael Johnson is just as fast, if not faster. He has excellent striking, as you saw in his last fight, he hurt Khabib early. Maybe Tony Ferguson, in that division.”

Ryan Bader, who left the victor on the night by defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by TKO, said: “Conor’s really proven himself hard to beat, but I would have to say somebody like Khabib.

“He’s got to get into that distance, and close that distance, and stay away from his left hand and get him down on the ground.

“We saw what Khabib can do to high-level guys, so if anybody has a shot at beating him, it’s somebody like that.”

Little Nog shared the same view, saying: “Now it’s Khabib Nurmagomedov. I think he’s very strong, he has very good work on the ground, and I think it’s gonna be very dangerous for McGregor.”

Cortney Casey was on the wrong end of a decision loss at Fight Night 100, but picked out two great options, explaining: “I think [Tony] Ferguson has a pretty good shot.

“I mean he’s very long, he’s a taller fighter, he’s a little bit awkward as well, so I think he has a good shot. Wonderboy [Stephen Thompson] would probably have a good shot too. Again, longer fighter and a different kind of style, so either of those two would be a good fight.”

CAN ANYONE BEAT HIM?

The exciting Thomas Almeida stretched his record to an impressive 22-1 in the co-main event, and also saw the dangerous Dagestani as the one to defeat McGregor, should they ever fight.

He said: “The guy that has the best chance at defeating Conor today in the UFC is Khabib Nurmagomedov. That Russian is really tough.

“I don’t think his style matches up well with Conor’s; he will want to close the distance, take him down and will smash Conor.”

While you could argue that Brazilians will often go against McGregor because of what he did to Aldo, not everyone thinks the same way.

Claudia Gadelha shared a different view, stating: “Right now? Nobody. Nobody can beat him now. He’s in his own mood; nobody can beat that guy now.”

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