Dan Henderson: Khabib Would “Beat the Piss Out of McGregor”
Dan Henderson may be retired from MMA, but he is still offering his two cents on the current landscape of the sport. While he says he has no problem with Conor McGregor’s antics, the 46-year-old believes the two-weight champion would be in for a long night with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Appearing on The Adam Carolla Show, Henderson said it took a while before he came around to McGregor.
"I don’t dislike him," Henderson said. "I think it took me a while to kinda get onboard with him, just to see a little bit more well-roundedness. He’s always shown that he’s got good hands, good kicks, but to see him against a couple different wrestlers that had good hands, it took me awhile to get onboard with him. I think Eddie just did not fight a smart fight whatsoever. He didn’t use his wrestling whatsoever."
McGregor defeated Alvarez in convincing fashion at UFC 205 to win the lightweight title. Though the odds were close entering the contest, with many believing Alvarez’s wrestling credentials would give McGregor trouble, the fight was anything but close.
While Henderson gave McGregor credit for his victory, he also pointed to a fighter on the undercard of that same event that he believes would beat the Irishman.
"I think that kid that fought last weekend, I have trouble with his name, Magomedov, the Russian kid, that’s at 155 — I think he would definitely give Conor a huge problem," Henderson said, referring to #1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.
"I think he definitely would take him down and beat the piss out of him."
While Nurmagomedov has made a strong case for the next shot at the lightweight title, there is no guarantee that he will get one. McGregor is in the driver’s seat of two divisions now, and he has expressed a reluctance to take a fight against the injury-prone Nurmagomedov.
During his mauling of Michael Johnson at UFC 205, Khabib actually communicated with both Johnson, telling him to give up, and UFC President Dana White, threatening to smash "his boy" (McGregor) in between rounds.
It’s safe to say that White will have an angry Russian on his hands if Khabib is not granted a shot at McGregor.