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Author: Ryan Wagner

McGregor vs Nurmagomedov: A Tactical Preview

It’s happening, probably. Read on for expert insight into this historic matchup. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) The fate of MMA’s most interesting division hangs in the balance as lineal lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, takes on acting champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Over the past week, we’ve thoroughly analyzed the skillets of McGregor and Nurmagomedov and discussed the significance of the fight.  Nurmagomedov will attempt to create a sense of legitimacy surrounding his title reign by beating someone who can reasonably be described as “The Man” at lightweight, while McGregor looks to reestablish his vacated spot as the...

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McGregor vs Nurmagomedov: A Khabib Nurmagomedov Primer

Use this expert analysis to gain a new appreciation for the monumental matchup that awaits us. In our previous installment, we examined the skillset of former lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.  Today we take a look at his opponent and the current premiere lightweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov’s road to glory has been fraught with setbacks and uncertainty.  After an impressive victory over Rafael dos Anjos in 2014, Nurmagomedov was sidelined with injury woes for the next two years.  As he sat on the sidelines, he was forced to watch dos Anjos put together a dominant five-fight run en-route to capturing...

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McGregor vs Nurmagomedov: A Conor McGregor Primer

Conor McGregor put on a counter punching clinic against Eddie Alvarez. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) October 6th marks perhaps the most important date in the past few years of Mixed Martial Arts. Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the two kings of the UFC‘s most talent-rich division, will finally meet inside the Octagon. Once every so often, a fight comes along that seems to define a generation.  McGregor and Nurmagomedov have been on opposite ends of the build-up for several years, and the result seems destined to be a performance that transcends the sport itself.  The...

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