Take one big hitter from Ireland and one grappling giant from Dagestan and what have you got? Probably the most exciting contest in the history of UFC, says Max Liu...
UFC fans and punters are already excited about Conor McGregor's fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov on 7 October. And who can blame them, with the bout expected to smash UFC's pay-per-view buy record.
On Betfair, the fight is set to attract huge interest. At the time of writing, seven weeks before the fight, McGregor is the [2.5] outsider, having opened around even money, with Nurmagomedov [1.66] favourite. There is already over £130,000 matched on the Exchange.
Nurmagomedov's grappling will be too much, says fighter's father
Some experts believe Nurmagomedov's grappling game, which has proved highly-effective in the past, will prove too much for McGregor to cope with.
That's certainly the view of the UFC lightweight champion's father Adbulmanap Nurmagomedov:
"Conor is dangerous for eight to nine minutes, no more. After the first clinch, Khabib will take him down." He went on to add that his son is prepared for a long fight, if that's what fans want to see.
But coach believes McGregor can knock out opponent
McGregor's coach Owen Roddy believes that his man will take Nurmagomedov by surprise and that the Dagestan-native will not be able to cope with the Irishman's ferocity.
"I'm expecting a KO," said Roddy. "Most definitely. Whether it's in the first or the second, I don't know. But, I would predict that he's going to flatten him. I definitely think Conor's going to land quick enough.
"It's just how he deals with being here and how he copes. I've seen it many times before. Not many people can take the shots. Very, very few. I don't think Khabib can take them either."
There's no doubt that the Dubliner McGregor will be as fearless in this bout as he been in every other fight of his eventful career. Expect plenty more verbal sparring from the two camps between now and 7 October, ahead of this mouthwatering contest.