Newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has a staggering professional record of 26-0 within the sport of mixed martial arts. That being said, the undefeated Dagestani native has earned a reputation for going the distance inside the octagon. Now SBG Ireland’s Owen Roddy has come forward with his thoughts on the matter.
“The Eagle” is a Sambo practitioner, having used his skills to wrestle many of his opponents to the ground for three punishing rounds. Often going to a decision, Nurmagomedov tends to keep control of the fight rather than look to immediately finish it.
After all, the Dagestani native has never lost a round in his career. With UFC superstar Conor McGregor and Nurmagomedov seemingly now on a collision course, McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy has since come forward with his thoughts on the matter.
Speaking on the BBC MMA show, Roddy revealed that he believes Nurmagomedov does not choose to allow his fights to go the distance. The striking coach believes “The Eagle” has an issue finishing them.
“At the end of the day, Khabib hasn’t finished many fights lately. Now he always says he does that on purpose, but I don’t think so. If you’re going to go in and finish somebody, you go in and finish somebody. He says, ‘I like punish people for five rounds’, I always say, ‘If you’re going to give Conor McGregor five attempts to land a shot on you..’. So even if he went in and didn’t land the first round, or the second, or the third, or the fourth, he still has five attempts to land one shot. I’ve seen Conor McGregor go in and land within the first thirty seconds of the first round.”