September 11, 2019

Khabib Nurmagomedov about Poirier’s guillotine

What an amazing event we’ve witnessed at UFC 242 in Abu-Dhabi! In the main event of the evening, the Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title against an interim champion Dustin Poirier by winning via rear-naked choke submission in the 3rd round.

Khabib, the undefeated champion, submitted his opponent but it’s not what created a lot of buzz after the fight was all over. The moment that a lot of fans are talking about is when in the 3rd round Dustin Poirier tried to pull off a guillotine submission on Khabib. Let’s take a closer look at this moment, see what actually happened out there and how close was Poirier to finish guillotine submission on Nurmagomedov.

First of all, the most important is to hear what Khabib himself said about Poirier’s guillotine:

“There was never a moment when I thought that it’s all over. It wasn’t critical. The first guillotine attempt (it happened about a minute until the end of the 2nd round) he got me very well and it was very deep but I was able to get out of it. It’s something I expected because I’ve seen all of his (Poirier’s) fights and he attempted guillotine in his previous fights. But in the second attempt (in the 3rd round) I purposely gave up my neck because I knew he was very tired and that he would spend even more energy trying to finish the submission. That was part of my game with him…”

Here is a video of Poirier’s first guillotine attempt at the end of the 2nd round:

Дастин Порье 2 раунд гильотина от Daniil Timin на Rutube

A video of Poirier’s guillotine choke attempt on Khabib in the 3 round:

Дастин Порье 3 раунд гильотина от Daniil Timin на Rutube

So what do we have in the end? Did Poirier exposed Khabib’s weakness to the guillotine?

I would look at it from a different perspective. I think Nurmagomedov deserves a lot of credit for this one. We are so used to Khabib smashing and dominating everybody that we’ve never actually seen his defensive side. Everyone is trying to find at least some weaknesses in his game and the way to beat him. A guy basically has little to no weaknesses (obviously, he does, he is a human like everybody else), he is totally dominating all of his opponents and in all previous fights Nurmagomedov never been in real danger or in such a bad position like in the 3rd round with Poirier.

But the way Khabib handled this guillotine is yet another moment which shows how good of a fighter he really is. He was aware of everything Poirier was doing, he knew exactly what he needed to do to escape the submission and he defended like a champ. 

Nobody is perfect, especially in the MMA where you can make a little mistake and it will right away put you in a losing position. Nurmagomedov is a very smart fighter, he isn’t a BJJ black belt but he does have knowledge in pretty much everything about grappling and ground game.

Once again, I don’t believe this guillotine from Poirier shows Khabib’s weakness to this submission. Khabib always shoots for takedowns with his head down and he obviously realizes that there is a risk in doing so and it can lead to a guillotine (especially when he fights guys with high-level BJJ).

What’s most interesting to me is that Khabib said the guillotine attempt in the 2nd round was deeper and carried more danger to him then the one everyone is talking about which was basically an act of desperation from “The Diamond” because he wasn’t able to close guard to finish the submission.

What do you guys think on this matter? Your opinion is always welcomed in the comments below this post.

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