We’re just days away from the biggest MMA fight of the year between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The hype and excitement amongst fans is palpable, but underneath that lurks an undercurrent of fear. Fear that the main event could collapse last second due to a botched weight cut or freak injury.
Main event implosions are pretty common and we’ve already witnessed one involving Khabib back at UFC 209, where the Dagestani was hospitalized the morning of weigh-ins. Fortunately, he hasn’t had any issues hitting 155 pounds for his past two fights. And according to his AKA teammate Daniel Cormier, we have nothing to worry about.”
”Oh yeah, he’ll make weight,” he told TMZ Sports. “Yeah, he’s fine. He’s like 11 pounds over weight as of yesterday.”
”He’s looking great,” Cormier said. “Khabib’s ready to go, weight’s good, his mental’s good, physical, he’s great. He has to be firing on all cylinders because it’s such a tough fight with McGregor, but he’s ready to go. He’s ready to go out there and really impose his fighting style on Conor and get his hand raised.”
Unsurprisingly, double champ “DC” expects a punishing fight with Khabib emerging victorious.
”He wants to smash it,” he continued. “If you look at history, most guys are pretty beat up when they fight Khabib. So ground and pound, his pressure, pace and pressure and ability to really dictate how a fight goes. That’s what you get with Khabib. I mean, 26-0. No one gets to 26-0. There are hiccups along the way. Khabib has none of that.”
UFC 229 goes down Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.