Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Khabib Nurmagomedov v Conor McGregor: The Eagle will test Mac's questionable stamina

Khabib Nurmagomedov v Conor McGregor: The Eagle will test Mac's questionable stamina

Conor McGregor is set for his first UFC fight in nearly two years.

Khabib Nurmagomedov arrived promptly at 3 p.m. Thursday for a scheduled press conference for UFC 229 at the Park MGM Theater.

The normally stone-faced Nurmagomedov (26-0) continued the uncharacteristic behavior he showed at Wednesday's public workout by getting into it with McGregor's fans. But it's his his young son who stole the spotlight, wandering around adorably on the stage and convincing everyone watching that he already has his dad's signature style.

While McGregor has shown a genius-level ability to fight against type, even with the right game plan, I'm not sure he can train his defensive wrestling hard enough to make up the difference against Nurmagomedov.

Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion whose United States Anti-Doping Agency suspension for two banned substances expires on November 10, heard about McGregor's interest and is open to fighting McGregor next.

It might have been wise for McGregor to apply earmuffs to his child for the next part of his speech. "I always say you should aim for peace, but if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes, and that's it. I come out fast and aggressive", said McGregor upon his arrival, before addressing the departure of Khabib who had left due to his lateness.

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They could agree on one thing, though- neither fighter said they would shake the other's hand at the end of the fight. For me, it's more than fight for the title. Khabib has knocked people out in the past and while McGregor has a great chin, everyone has the potential to get rocked at one point or another.

While Nurmagomedov and McGregor did not see each other on the stage Thursday, their mutual dislike was evident when they spoke about their fight. "I have to make weight".

Later in the press conference, McGregor was asked if he expected Sunday's fight to be the one and only time he'd face Nurmagomedov inside the Octagon. I'm only a couple minutes late. "I don't think about him". For me, it's personal. I'm gonna change this Saturday night.

Khabib has told Conor that he's going to be in for a long night, and if he gets him to the ground, then it's not hard to imagine that prediction coming true.

"F-k peace. There will never be peace here. But if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes", he bellowed. If this fight was taking place shortly after UFC 205, I would favor McGregor. "This is never over; never, ever, ever over". Former lightweight champion Tony Ferguson gets light therapy, as opponent Anthony Pettis journeys to Las Vegas alongside his brother, UFC 229 flyweight Sergio Pettis.

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