Khabib Nurmagomedov has the longest winning streak in the MMA world, it’s no surprise therefore, that the current UFC Lightweight champion believes he knows just how to beat Conor McGregor.
Nurmagomedov has won 26 fights in a row but it looks as if his next venture into the octagon is going to be at UFC 229 when he defends his title against the Irishman who has been inactive since he lost his multi-million boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
No Hype required
Often when it comes to fights, there’s a lot of hype to build up the buy-rate and sometimes it’s not exactly true. However, with this contest we already know there’s plenty of bad blood between the pair. July saw McGregor in court over the infamous bus incident that took place earlier this year. He avoided a jail sentence, so the scene looks set for a main event match-up on the UFC 229 fight card. These two don’t like each other and the build-up is going to be pretty vicious and it’s already started even before the bout has been officially confirmed.
A Change of Face for McGregor
Nurmagomedov has been extremely vocal in the past week as he appeared at a fan Q&A ahead of UFC Calgary turning his attention to a possible UFC 229 fight date with the Irishman. He declared that his ultimate goal is to turn McGregor’s features into a Picasso. His trash-talking masterclass produced these comments when asked what he wants to do to the two-time UFC champion: “To make him humble,” he said. “Not only smash but change his face. I want to change his face. Of course, with face I can change his mind, too. This is what I want.”
It’s not just that McGregor is an opponent who could end his unbeaten run and take away his title that upsets Nurmagomedov. The mere fact that the Irishman exists puts him in a foul mood and he’s determined to end his career. When asked if the fight will take place, he simply answers: “Send me location” and it seems all roads are leading to Las Vegas for the UFC 229 fight card on October 6.
The Plan Revealed
Words are easy but however aggressive you are before the fight, it’s what happens inside that octagon which is what counts. The UFC Lightweight champion claims he knows just how to beat McGregor. “I have a plan,” Nurmagomedov said. “Make him tired. Make him look bad.” That’s a believable tactic because when McGregor lost to Mayweather, it was his tiredness in the second half of the bout that ended any slim hope he had of winning.
There’s a fair few negotiations to take place before this fight is confirmed but all the signals seem to point towards a titanic showdown on the UFC 229 card. McGregor’s legal problems are all sorted out and wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall at his anger management course. However successful that is it still won’t stop McGregor and Nurmagomedov losing their cool over a match every UFC fan wants to see.