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Khabib gives McGregor vs Poirier fight verdict as he breaks down rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov has made his prediction for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

The retired Lightweight Champion, who could return for one more defence of his belt, has been in attendance on Fight Island in support of his cousin Umar, who won midweek.

While in close proximity to his former colleagues, the Russian has been taking part in talks with Dana White despite promising his mother that he would not fight again.

With the winner of McGregor vs Poirier set to be thrust in line with a shot at the title, Khabib has predicted either a comprehensive victory for the Irishman, or battling win for the American.

Khabib told Sport24 this week: “Early it’s Conor, but third round, number four, I think Dustin can beat this guy.”

Before adding of his own future in the sport: “I have achieved almost everything in this sport and there isn’t someone I would like to fight now.

“A lot of people don’t want to understand my side. I don’t see that yet. I train for myself. If we talk about all my business projects that are planned, fights are not in these plans.”

And stating when asked about his mother’s wish: “My mother is the most precious thing I have left.

“You won’t push me to do things that will disappoint my mother. I don’t even have plans for UFC in the near future. I don’t even have any thoughts about preparing for a fight.

“I saw how Umar was preparing now and I thought, Alhamdulillah, I left it behind.”

Earlier this week former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping gave his prediction to Daily Star Sport, he said: “It’s a little disrespectful to Dustin to say first-round knockout, but that’s what Conor does to people.

“Predominantly it’s the big left hand, that’t what he likes to throw, but he has got excellent kicks and variation with his shots, but if I was Dustin’s coach, I would be telling him to try and clinch, make him tired, drag him into the later rounds and look for a finish there.

“However, that is easier said than done, that was my game plan against Vitor Belfort, and I lost an eye in that fight so there you go.”

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