Retirement vs. first loss: what is really at stake at the McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov fight?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is on his way to becoming a UFC legend. The Russian mixed martial artist has won the Combat Sambo World Championship two times. He has already made a new record at UFC by maintaining the longest winning streak. Nurmagomedov has fought 27 fights without losing any. He is the current UFC Lightweight champion. In 2018, he has been enjoying the limelight due to his upcoming match with the Notorious, Conor McGregor in October 2018. He will fight McGregor at the T-mobile Area, Las Vegas, where Mayweather had previously defeated the featherweight champion once in August 2017.

What does Nurmagomedov’s chance at winning the UFC 229 lightweight title look like?

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Nurmagomedov started training under his father at the age of six. He has been wrestling for almost 24 years, and he has been learning judo since he was 15. His father, Abdulmanap is a senior coach of the national Combat Sambo team in the Republic of Dagestan. According to Abdulmanap, the lightweight category is not the best fist for McGregor. The 30-year old UFC champion has recently lost his lightweight title due to inactivity in the division. That speaks stronger than the rumors. In short, the match with Nurmagomedov is not going to be an easy one for McGregor. Khabib’s training schedule, winning streak and his performance in the lightweight category put McGregor’s dreams of winning the lightweight title back in jeopardy. MMA enthusiasts are wondering if the Russian UFC champion can hand McGregor his fourth defeat, prompting the Notorious to hang his gloves. Check out the odds against McGregor at the Wager Bop website.

Why is winning not going to be a cakewalk for McGregor?

The McGregor fans are especially edgy about this fight since his loss can mean his retirement from the UFC fight scene altogether. At the moment, McGregor’s previous form and Nurmagomedov’s record make that a possibility. It is sure that this is going to be one of the most remarkable fights of each fighter’s career, and it is going to be the most difficult challenge of McGregor’s fighting career. McGregor might be faster than him, but Nurmagomedov is famous for his incredible grappling skills. Moreover, McGregor has the habit of getting inside the heads of his opponents. Nurmagomedov is not that easy. If he manages to get the Russian champion angry, it is going to be one long (or really short) night for McGregor.

What are the experts saying about the upcoming UFC 229 match?

The stakes at the upcoming Las Vegas UFC 229 are going to be high for everyone. Both fighters have a lot resting on this lightweight division fight. While it may not mean the end of the road for Khabib, it will definitely be the first loss of his career. Then again, this loss will also come against an arch enemy. Millions are rooting for McGregor to defeat Nurmagomedov on social media. After umpteen posts declaring his disdain about The Notorious, his public persona and his fighting style, losing to him could be a hard blow for Nurmagomedov.

The UFC 229 McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov will be a fight that will create an immortal and will vanquish the other. The odds against each are almost equal. Both fighters are spending endless hours in training, trying to tip the odds in their favor. Even the MMA experts and star analysts are at a loss about this upcoming fight.

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