Kamaru Usman Makes His Pick Between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 05/24/2021, 1:45 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are two of the very best fighters at lightweight. Although their performances recently have been on opposite ends of the spectrum, both men are talented enough to beat almost anyone at lightweight. MMA fans often argue about who is better of the two. It is a topic that will be debated long after both men retire from the sport.

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During his ascension to the top of the lightweight division, McGregor put on one of the most impressive championship-winning displays. Since then, he has not won a fight at lightweight. ‘The Notorious’ will aim to turn that around when he faces Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in a few months’ time. 

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In a recent live session on his Instagram page, Kamaru Usman answered a hotly debated question in MMA. Khabib or Conor?

Usman replied, “Conor….(laughs) lies. Khabib Ninety-nine point nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine % percent of the time.”

As Dominance MMA manages both Usman and Nurmagomedov, they have spent a considerable amount of time training together. Hence, although Usman’s answer may have been biased, fans will know that he made a pick based on experience. 

Can Conor McGregor win back the lightweight title?

Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor in the rematch, becoming the first person ever to do so. This means that ‘The Notorious’ is 3-2 in his last five fights. Hence, for ‘The Notorious‘, the fight against Dustin Poirier could be a make or break for his title ambitions. A win will see him beat the top-ranked fighter; A loss will see him have a 50% record in his last six.

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McGregor will aim to rectify a few areas where he fell short last time out. He has stopped Dustin once before, albeit at a different weight class. However, there is no reason why ‘The Notorious’ can not do it at lightweight at UFC 264. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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