It was only a matter of time before we started to hear a list of names that could beat Conor McGregor.
It felt like a large portion of fans and analysts believes Eddie Alvarez could expose McGregor with his superior wrestling skills, but as we know, the Irishman put on a masterclass on his way to a second-round knockout win at UFC 205.
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However, speaking on the Heavy Hands Podcast, Eddie Alvarez’s coach Mark Henry has explained that he thinks Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov can beat McGregor.
He said: “I think 100% do Frankie Edgar, that’s who I’d do.
“It’s been two years now since he could have fought Frankie, it hasn’t happened. Frankie’s never been stopped. You can’t say that McGregor beat Aldo (and therefore would beat Frankie) because that’s just ridiculous.
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“That’s just the same as saying that everybody who beat Nate Diaz would beat Conor or knock him out, so it’s stupid to even say that Aldo beat Frankie so Conor would too.
"That’s just the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. You probably never watch too much MMA if you say that, or you’re just so full of Conor that you can’t help yourself.
“I think Frankie is the perfect guy. He’s got foot movement, he sees punches coming way ahead of time, he’s never been stopped, his wrestling is unbelievable, his set-ups to his wrestling are unbelievable.
“When Conor fought Nate, he was ranked eighth at the time, and McGregor got stopped.”
It remains doubtful that McGregor will move down to featherweight again, but if the chance came by, you’d assume that The Answer would be willing to move up to lightweight for a potential fight.
Regardless of other contenders in the mix, such as Tony Ferguson, Henry is adamant that Edgar is the perfect opponent to step up in the Octagon with McGregor, as is the unbeaten Russian.
He added: “My perfect guy would be Frankie Edgar. My second perfect guy would be Khabib (Nurmagomedov), or even Khabib first.
“I think as much next level that Conor is with his striking, Khabib is on a whole other level with his wrestling and Khabib’s not afraid of anything.”
While both fighters could pose serious threats to McGregor’s reign of dominance, they might be waiting a while as he’s set to return to action next summer.
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