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Poirier thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov is a tougher matchup for Conor McGregor than Tony Ferguson is.

I think Tony would have a higher percentage of getting caught with a big shot. He fights with his head up a lot, he’s long and lanky, he kind of uses unorthodox footwork that puts him out of position a lot. He’s a good wrestler for sure, but he’s not as grinding and as gritty as a Khabib who’s just going to walk you down and put you against the fence and stuff. Definitely Tony can control guys and get on top of him and win rounds like that, or even submit guys, but I just think its a tougher fight for Conor.

Nurmagomedov recently mauled 4th-ranked Edson Barboza, and likely finds himself looking at a long-anticipated matchup with interim champion Tony Ferguson. The winner of that bout seems likely to welcome McGregor back to lightweight, with recent comments from Dana White pointing to this summer. All of that is subject to change, of course, with the UFC’s seeming intransigence to McGregor’s demands likely making negotiations an extended process.

Poirier is more than just an interested observer. He in a good position in the division himself, with his recent win over Pettis leaving him ranked 6th in the UFC at 155 pounds. He was campaigning for a rematch with Eddie Alvarez after their first fight ended in a no-contest, but Alvarez has seemingly no interest in that fight, viewing it as a step backwards.


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