originally posted by: Masterjaden
a reply to: TinySickTears
As many have said kabob has a good chin and more than anything he wants to take Connor to the ground and he'll be willing to take it on the chin to
get Connor on the ground I just honestly don't think he understands how hard Connor hits.
If you consider how Connor always gets in his opponents heads and gets them off their game what I see happening is kabob focusing only on getting a
hold of conor and getting rocked once or twice which will be all Connor needs to do.
There's a chance he bides his time and manages to wear out Connor, I just don't see it happening with all the bad blood between them. Connor is a
genius at not letting the emotions detract from the focus in the actual fight, much more so than most other fighters.
i think he understands exactly how hard conor hits. what i dont think conor or a lot of people understand is just how tough khabib is. i dont mean
skilled. i mean tough. the guy is a legit savage. how he came up. where and when. the # his dad has put him through.
he is 25-0 in mma but has had hundreds of unsanctioned fights. numerous sambo and wrestling matches.
he is just from a hard place. that matters.
conor does have a way of sticking people as they come in but he is not hard to takedown and khabib is the best at it. he is the best at taking you
down and holding you there.
chad mendes is a high level wrestler and he got conor down pretty easy and held him down and pounded on him for a good while. couldnt finish and conor
got up and slept him.
i do not see him being able to get up once khabib gets him there. his wrestling is too good. folk style rides and cradles.
conor does not have the best wind.
you say conor is a genius of not letting emotions detract from the fight...
khabib is is collected as they come.
it is more rare with striking but for the most part of your grappling is super high level you do not have to have great striking. you can get by. you
dont have to be polished because you dont worry about getting taken down.
garry tonon is a good example of that. been training mma 7 months. just won his 2nd fight in ONE FC. his standup looks borderline horrendous but his
grappling is so #ing good he is tooling these guys anyway.
crazy entries into ashi. inside/outside heelhook threats.
mounts these dudes easily and pounds on them.
he is one of those guys.
khabib is one of those guys
gordon ryan is one of those guys(entering mma soon)
khabib has to worry about conors left hand and thats about it. his kicks are nice but no real threat.
conor has a lot to worry about.
hes #ed man
look how easy nate took his back and ratcheted that choke in perfectly.
khabib is far better on the ground than nate
people say look at khabib vs iaquita. he couldnt finish him... things like that
he has said and so has javier mendes that khabib wanted to get some time in the later rounds. he wanted to practice the jab in the fight(cause he was
no worried about any threat) so he basically played around a but for almost 3 rounds.
after the 4th round you can hear javier tell him to go back to his fathers plan and he did.