I agree that Tibau pretty much out classed Khabib. He neutralized him completely, but lost because the judges didn't think he was active enough in my opinion.
Did someone seriously say Khabib would finish Diaz? Why, because he has power? The dude's stand up isn't very good at all. Diaz would light him up if they kept it standing. A win over Tavares can't cloud your mind that much. I'm not even going to call Tavares inconsistent anymore. He's just not that good at this point in his career. He got knocked out by Shane Roller. They said Khabib referred to Tavares as the best Brazilian lightweight in the UFC and one of my eye brows just went up almost on instinct.
You can follow the hype prematurely all you want, it seems like intelligent MMA fans can't help but be attracted to hype or create it when ever a fighter shows a small glimpse of greatness in the octagon. That's cool and all even though so many premature hype trains have been derailed in the past, but to say Khabib would "easily" beat a guy who just fought for the title makes this sound like another Rob Emerson joke type situation. Styles make fights, sure, but Khabib is no Ben Henderson in terms of size or wrestling. I'd put him on Jim Miller's level of wrestling MMA wise at this point, a guy who Nate Diaz easily shrugged off and soundly defeated in the octagon.
If the fight happens and Diaz loses, I'll gladly eat crow with some hot sauce, but until then, Khabib is nothing more than a prospect at this point with a gifted win against Tibau, a win over a C level Tavares, and a win over Kamal, a guy who I don't even think is in the UFC anymore.
Give Khabib some time though, I could see him having a lot of potential in the future. A fight against Diaz is too early for him though in my opinion.
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