Khabib Nurmagomedov explains why Dustin Poirier is ‘much better’ than Conor McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Next weekend, in the main event of UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov will attempt to defend his lightweight title opposite interim champion Dustin Poirier. While this fight is not generating the same kind of buzz as Nurmagomedov’s 2018 battle with Conor McGregor, the champ considers it a much more dangerous fight.

Nurmagomedov shared his belief that Poirier is a more dangerous test than McGregor on Friday’s UFC 242 media conference call.

His reasoning is simple. Poirier simply has more lightweight wins than McGregor.

“I think maybe right now Dustin is a more complete MMA fighter than him,” Nurmagomedov said (via MMA Fighting). “Because he beat a lot of good guys in the lightweight division and I don’t remember when Conor win in the lightweight division. I think he only beat [Eddie] Alvarez and he have only one win in the lightweight division in a long, long time.

“That’s why I think Dustin Poirier is a much better fighter than him.”

While Khabib Nurmagomedov is happy to sing the praises of his next opponent, he seems to be getting tired of talking about his last. In fact, the lightweight champ grew quite frustrated with questions about McGregor.

“Honestly I don’t understand what you ask about. This guy, when did he win the last time?” Nurmagomedov said about McGregor. “Why do we keep talking about this guy? This guy don’t train more than three years. We keep talking about this guy.

“I don’t want to talk about him. We have Dustin Poirier, we have a lot of stuff, please let’s talk about real stuff.”

UFC 242 goes down on September 7 in Abu Dhabi. Do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov will successfully defend his title against Dustin Poirier, a man he clearly considers very dangerous? Make your pick in the comments section.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/30/2019.