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Khabib Nurmagomedov has made a mockery of the UFC’s lightweight division since making his Octagon debut in 2012, winning eleven straight fights with relative ease.

Prior to that, “The Eagle” had won 16 in a row on the regional circuit.

And last year, “The Eagle” won perhaps the biggest fight of his career, defeating Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 229, earning him his first-ever title defense and biggest payday to date.

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But according to Khabib’s coach coach Javier Mendez, out of all the top 155 pound fighters in the world, Conor is still the biggest threat to his fighter.

“Talking about four potential rivals for Khabib I can give my assessment from the less dangerous to the most dangerous,” Mendes said in an interview with Sports Daily Ru.

“Max Holloway to be the easiest for Khabib. Max has good boxing but it lacks the power to the lightweight division,” he added

“Next on the list is Dustin Poirier. He’s got stamina and versatility. Tony Ferguson is my second choice. His elbows are very dangerous.” proclaimed Mendes.

“And finally number one contender for me is still Conor. His boxing is special, that’s his chance.”

Khabib didn’t give Conor much of a chance to use his boxing in their first fight, as “The Eagle” smothered him with his wrestling.

The two may rematch sometime down the road, but first Khabib will face Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 this September.

As for McGregor, he is gearing up for his return, though there is no date or opponent locked down at the moment.

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