Conor McGregor is back and so are his predictions.
The Irishman used the UFC 229 press conference earlier this week in New York City (full replay here) to yet again channel his inner “Mystic Mac,” predicting he’ll finish current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov early and easily when the two rivals meet on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas.
Despite not competing in nearly two years, McGregor seems more confident than ever, suggesting his early offense will be too much for the undefeated Russian to handle.
“I believe, one [round]. He has a glass jaw,” said McGregor of Khabib. “The Chechens, my Chechen friends, the soldiers, they told me that they had chicken jaws in Dagestan — and I believe them, because I know a glass jaw when I see one, and I’ve seen this man wobble many times. I’ve seen his brother sparked unconscious in another promotion. I know he is afraid of a smack, and if you’re afraid of a smack off me, a smack will feel like a double-barrel shotgun. So, I believe inside the first, but I have been wrong before. I will be prepared for five rounds. You’re looking at a fighting veteran. I’ve come through it all, I’ve been through it all. I’ve been on both sides of the world.
“I’ve been on the boxing side and I’ve been on this side. I’m ready for any occurrence, but this man is a glass-jawed bum, and I’m going to shatter him — like that [bus] glass was shattered, may God have mercy on its soul — on October 6th.”
Did you expect anything else?
McGregor may very well be capable of knocking Khabib out in the very first round, but the fact remains he hasn’t competed inside of the Octagon since a victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. During his leave to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. for $100 million, Khabib took care of business in UFC, defeating Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta en route to a 155-pound title.
It’s going to be one of the more difficult predictions for McGregor to carry out, but he has pulled off this type of magic before.
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