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How Khabib Nurmagomedov Dealt With Leg Kicks Compared To Conor McGregor

How Khabib Nurmagomedov Dealt With Leg Kicks Compared To Conor McGregor

Fans have pointed out the stark contrast in how Khabib Nurmagomedov dealt with leg kicks compared to Conor McGregor.

In his bout with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, in what could be his last if he does fulfil his mother's wishes and remain retired, the lightweight champion did have some discomfort with 'The Highlight'.

Gaethje was extremely aggressive early on and was actually credited with winning the first round on the scorecards after two judges gave props for his striking.

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In the second, Gaethje went after the Dagestani fighter and kept throwing some deadly leg kicks. But remarkably, after eating one like it was nothing, Khabib responded rapidly by grabbing hold of Gaethje's leg.

'The Eagle' then completed a takedown and submitted Gaethje with a triangle choke. It was an insane sequence that highlighted just why Khabib is one of the best to do it.

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McGregor, however, could not cope with the devastating leg kicks from Dustin Poirier in his latest outing inside the Octagon at UFC 257.

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He was ahead on the scorecards for the opening round but the kicks really took their toll on the Irishman.

A slow-mo video shows the moment that McGregor's legs buckled without a kick landing, with Poirier capitalising and inflicting the Notorious' third UFC defeat thanks to a barrage of punches that brought the stoppage from referee Herb Dean.

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He became the first person to knock McGregor out in his whole career.

McGregor acknowledged the damage the leg kicks did by saying his leg was "completely dead" in his post-fight presser before jokingly telling Poirier 'you broke my leg, you b*stard,' as he left the arena on crutches.

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Although long-time coach John Kavanagh said "the leg is fine" and claims McGregor did a weights workout a day after the loss, he has been handed a six month medical suspension by UFC.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Dustin Poirier, UFC News, MMA News, UFC 257, UFC, MMA

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