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5 current UFC lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov would possibly struggle against

Ivan Derrick
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#4. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier II

Poirier will soon get another shot at lightweight gold after Khabib spoiled his first
Poirier will soon get another shot at lightweight gold after Khabib spoiled his first

While the first encounter between the two saw Khabib Nurmagomedov submit Dustin Poirier in the third round at UFC 242, Poirier has been sensational ever since.

Poirier has won three straight since beating Dan Hooker once and Conor McGregor twice. He will have a chance to make it four in a row on December 11th at UFC 269 when he faces Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title.

Poirier did appear to have Nurmagomedov in momentary trouble when he locked in a deep guillotine in their fight. Since then, Poirier has twice finished McGregor quicker than 'Eagle' was able to as well.

Khabib Nurmagomedov admits Dustin Poirier's guillotine was "close" to putting him away. #UFC242

While Poirier will likely once again be the underdog in a rematch with Nurmagomedov, he certainly has the potential to cause some problems in the octagon.


#3. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor II

All three judges felt McGregor won the third round of his fight with Khabib
All three judges felt McGregor won the third round of his fight with Khabib

Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Conor McGregor is one of the greatest feuds in MMA history. When they did fight at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov was able to pick up the win via submission in the fourth round of the fight.

However, compared to Nurmagomedov's other opponents, McGregor's performance was relatively impressive. 'Notorious' was even able to become the first fighter to win a round over 'Eagle' in the third-round of that bout.

McGregor wins round 3. Showing no respect for Khabib's striking even though he was dropped in round 2.

McGregor evidently has some aspects of his game that he can be effective against Khabib with. If he is able to put his losses behind him and utilize his strengths to get up from a takedown and storied knock-out power, he could still pose a threat to 'Eagle'.

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