Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: Irishman explains how is going to beat opponent in ‘proper fight’

Their bout has been billed as one the biggest events in UFC history

Thursday 04 October 2018 15:35
Comments
Five of Conor McGregor's best UFC fights

Conor McGregor believes he has spotted flaws in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighting style and intends to “take his head off” in their showdown for the UFC lightweight title.

Their bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this weekend has been billed as the biggest in the UFC’s history and McGregor is looking to make a statement against the person who succeeded him as 155lb champion.

At the workouts open to the public at the Park Theater, McGregor thrilled those in attendance as he introduced his young son before settling into his routine, predictably focusing on his striking technique.

Afterwards he told the cheering audience: “Saturday night: You’re in for a show, trust me on that. I’m going to take his head off. Trust me.

“(It will be a) devastating KO. (Nurmagomedov is) too easy to hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I’m going to knock him clean out.”

McGregor is returning to the UFC after a near two-year absence against Nurmagomedov, who will make the first defence of the title he won by beating late replacement Al Iaquinta in April.

The Irishman was relieved of the crown because of his hiatus from the octagon, having made a brief foray into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather in a highly lucrative contest in August last year.

Now he is back in mixed martial arts for a fight that is seen as a puncher versus a grappler, but McGregor is unfazed by his Russian opponent’s gameplan.

Conor McGregor has made his prediction

He added: “I don’t give a f*** about anything. Any wrestling, any technique, any anything. I’m coming for that man’s head from the f****** bell.

“It’s good to be back. Let’s go do it. A proper fight, a proper, proper fight.”

Nurmagomedov had earlier been given a hostile reception from a largely pro-McGregor crowd and appeared to cut his session short in order to remonstrate with his foe’s supporters.

As the jeers continued, he insisted he would win them over, saying: “Three days. You’re going to like me. I know you’re going to love me.”

The 30-year-old, who put a particular emphasis on his takedowns and wrestling during his programme on Wednesday afternoon, also questioned McGregor’s pride in his Irish heritage.

McGregor mentioned in last month’s press conference about how his ancestors fought the English empire and that his family name was banned for a century by King James.

Nurmagomedov, though, referenced McGregor’s grandfather’s time with the British Merchant Navy.

Nurmagomedov said: “These guys talk about (how) they fight English people but his grandfather worked with the English navy. Now you support (his grandson)? I’m going to change this on Saturday night.

“I have a question for Ireland. What about your language, what about your Irish language? Where’s your language? What’s wrong with your language?

“Are you guys right now with England, you guys change your language. Give me answer someone if you can. It’s very interesting.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in