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But close friend Dillon Danis thinks McGregor would defeat Nurmagomedov if they run it back, as long as he is fully motivated.
"I hope so. The thing is, I don't think it would be close, I really don't. If Conor's mindset is like how it is now, it won't be close," Danis told YouTube personalities the Nelk Boys on a Twitch stream per BJPenn.com.
"Trust me, I know what Conor McGregor can do ability-wise, it wouldn't be a close fight. Khabib is a one-dimensional fighter, Conor would put him away within five rounds.
"Look at his last fight and how good he did, that fight was his fight. With the right mindset and the right camp, it doesn't even close.
"I would bet my soul and everything I have in my possession that he would beat Khabib the second time."
While Danis thinks a fight would swing McGregor's way, Nurmagomedov revealed he was 'disappointed' in the former 'Champ-champ' during their first showdown.
"Conor's trash talk? Yes, he had talked for a while (during the fight), but when I started pushing him, he immediately switched to the 'it's just business' mode," he said.
"I was even a bit disappointed. I expected him to be mentally tougher."
The 32-year-old added: "When I was ground-and-pounding him, talking to him, and he responded that it was 'just business', it looked like he was trying to calm me down to avoid a real beating, just like a son trying to justify himself in front of his angry father.
"Psychology is a very strong tool."
Nurmagomedov retired from the UFC back in October after defeating Justin Gaethje and he says there is no way he'll get back in the Octagon.
Of course nothing has been confirmed or announced by the UFC, but Khabib's comments all but confirm his intention to vacate the title.
And in IMO, if he vacates the title, he's well and truly done.
- Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) December 28, 2020
McGregor, meanwhile, defeated Donald Cerrone back in January and will face Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next month.
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