Khabib Nurmagamedov Has Warned Conor McGregor That He Will Be Destroyed When They Finally Fight…

Whispers in the water suggest that Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagamedov is tentatively drawing closer. It’s believed that the UFC is currently negotiating with both camps. While of course nothing can be officially signed until McGregor’s legal situation is finally resolved, it doesn’t stop the UFC from drawing up contingency plans for both men.

Their rivalry has never been more marketable. It’s highly likely that the UFC is aiming for October 6 in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena. UFC 229 is booked to take place then and there, with no main event announced as of yet. It would be the perfect comeback site for McGregor.

Now ‘The Eagle’ and his manager Ali Abdelaziz have responded to McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy, who had the cheek to suggest that McGregor had the better chance of winning. Newsflash: Coach believes his fighter will win. Hardly surprising is it?

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Roddy’s Dream

Roddy didn’t give anything concrete away, but he more or less confirmed that the fight against Khabib is what McGregor is angling for. Well, if you throw a dolly through a bus window at someone, it kind of suggests that you want to fight them alright. The Irish striking coach said:

“I think for one, the strikers always have an advantage because you start standing and you start at range. The grappler always has to get around that and find his way into the clinch. It’s very, very difficult to do that without taking a big shot off Conor. It’s just about setting traps and putting his opponent in positions where they are vulnerable.”

Someone should have told Michael Johnson and Edson Barboza that they had the advantage. Very interestingly he also compared the build-up to before the Floyd Mayweather fight, with lots of back-and-forths before the deal was actually signed.

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Manager’s Response

Ali Abdelaziz is not a man afraid to make his feelings known. He has a whole bunch of exciting fighters in his stable including Frankie Edgar and Kamaru Usman. Only a couple of weeks ago, footage emerged of him getting into a brawl alongside the latter. He warned McGregor’s team on Twitter:

“Let’s make this clear the guy is 2-2 in his last 4 fights. What do you have to gain but money? BIG DRAMA SHOW Khabib doesn’t think he deserves it.”

Conor McGregor fights Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports.

Khabib Time

Well whatever Khabib’s feelings are about McGregor deserving the title shot, he clearly didn’t get the memo to play it coy, because he was open about wanting to sign the deal and believes he will demolish the Irishman. He told sport24.ru:

“I want to fight McGregor; the fans are also waiting for this fight. I hope that Conor wants this fight. He talked a lot but for some reason, as soon as it came down to real negotiations about the fight, he fell silent.”

He also believes that while nobody can pick the round, he will eventually ‘destroy’ ‘The Notorious’. With his immaculate 26-0 record and having never been properly tested in his entire MMA career, it’s going to take something really special to beat Dagestan’s finest. This one is heating up nicely.

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