Khabib Nurmagomedov, or any MMA fighter, would go up incapacitated to a boxing match against Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, says the coach Teddy atlas.
The coach explained why it is a bad idea to face fighters from two different combat sports.
“Do you know what happens when we start doing things like this when you start to face different sports with such different rules?” Atlas in his podcast The Fight with Teddy Atlas. “It’s like saying you are going to pay such an amount of money to see a guy face a lion in a cage.”
But in the analogy that puts Atlas, the lion would not be on an equal footing.
“Yes, you are going to pay to see him go into a cage against a lion, but you are going to remove the teeth of the lion and you are going to remove the claws. Well then what am I paying for? If you put it against a lion, it’s fine, there is something of interest, to see how it will go ”.
That’s what would happen to an MMA fighter like Khabib Nurmagomedov or Jorge Masvidal in a possible fight against him Canelo. Teddy atlas put this analogy when asked about the intention he had DAZN to face the Mexican boxer against UFC fighters like Khabib or Masvidal.
“Do you really want to see MMA guys, great, great fighters, come to a showdown incapacitated?” Atlas. “You want to see your teeth and claws removed for that fight?”
Therein lies the hypothesis of Teddy atlas, MMA fighters could not do everything they know how to do so well in their sport.
“Because that’s what they are doing,” he explains. Atlas. “(MMA fighters) are being told that they cannot kick, that they cannot fight, that they cannot do braces. That they can’t do any of the things they do as a lion. “