Expert Analyst Robin Black Says That Conor McGregor Will Step Away From The Sport if He Loses to Khabib Nurmagamedov…
We’re getting closer and closer to the biggest MMA fight of the decade – and perhaps ever. Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagamedov will finally clash on October 6. That’s less than 7 weeks away now. The excitement is building and the predictions are flowing.
It’s the first time that ‘The Notorious’ will fight in the octagon since his 2016 victory over Eddie Alvarez when he won the lightweight title. He was stripped of both the 145lb and 155lb belts due to inactivity but now has an opportunity to reclaim the lightweight title against Khabib.
However, if he loses to Nurmagamedov, it’s highly possible that he will ride off into the sunset in one of his Rolls-Royces. That’s the opinion of expert MMA analyst Robin Black, who doesn’t expect McGregor to stick around if he’s defeated.
A Lot to Lose
Black is one of the most vibrant MMA experts in the world today. The Canadian analyst has actually fought professionally himself, just so that he could get a true feeling for what these athletes go through. Take that Ariel Helwani. He told RT Sport:
“As much as there is so much for each one to gain, there’s also so much for each one to lose. If McGregor loses, in my opinion, he will retire.
If Khabib loses this fight, not only does he lose his undefeated record but these losses to someone like McGregor – when the temperature has been raised and emotion is worldwide emotion – these losses are painful. They change a fighter forever – look what happened to Jose Aldo.”
A lot of people are underestimating the pressure that both of these fighters are facing. Both of their legacies are at stake. McGregor is looking to puncture Khabib’s record of 26-0, while the Russian fighter needs to prove that he can beat an elite fighter. Black thinks the pressure on Khabib will be like nothing he has ever faced. He said:
“A loss for Khabib isn’t just his first loss, it’s a loss to his enemy. It’s a loss to somebody that everyone of his fans want him to destroy, it’s a loss to someone he think is a clown, it’s a loss to someone he thinks doesn’t belong there with him.“When you face Conor McGregor, the stakes are much, much higher.”
A win for McGregor could see him go on to complete his trilogy against Nate Diaz or face Georges St. Pierre in possibly the biggest fight that the UFC will ever be able to put together. It’s all about momentum.
The same goes for Khabib. What will happen if he loses? Will he get back in line at lightweight or will he move up to welterweight, where many people believe he is more naturally suited anyway?
There are a lot of questions waiting to be answered. We’ll just have to wait and see.