A few weeks ago, there were rumours that Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov bout is already ‘in the works’ for UFC 229.
Khabib confirmed the gossips during a Live Raise broadcast, where he said:
“I’m going to defend my title, Inshallah (god willing), this year. This year, I want to defend my title.
“About opponents, I don’t know, to be honest, I don’t know. But the UFC is working on fight, me versus Conor.”
Just recently, reports say that Conor McGregor has already been set a deadline to agree with the proposed bout. This allegedly happened after McGregor was threatened on losing it to former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson if he didn’t agree anytime soon.
MMA Team Dagestan, who broke the news of the highly-anticipated match being in the works, tweeted:
“BREAKING; If the negotiations on the fight @TeamKhabib vs. @TheNotoriousMMA will not be achieved, then next week @UFC announces fight @TeamKhabib vs. @TonyFergusonXT. #UFC229 October 6.”
However, the news was denied by Abdelaziz, quoting the tweet and saying, “Don’t believe this my friend.”
Even the UFC president Dana White denied this speculation during an appearance on On With Mario Lopez.
“That’s the fight we want to make.. But as of right now, it’s all just rumour.”
“Obviously that’s the fight we want to make, but Conor still has issues than lining up fight dates.”
Did McGregor finally close the deal to fight Nurmagomedov?
Nurmagomedov’s recent Instagram post has triggered the said rumour as he seemed to give out hints. The UFC lightweight champion posted a picture of himself taking down a dummy.
His caption makes us all believe that the most awaited bout is actually going to happen soon.
McGregor’s coach believes ‘The Notorious’ will defeat Nurmagomedov
Owen Roddy, McGregor’s striking coach, believes that the Irish fighter is more than capable of bringing down Nurmagomedov, as well as Georges St-Pierre.
During the launch of the SBG Charlestown gym, Roddy said “We’ll find the threats and look at how to nullify them. Then we look at the flaws and see how we capitalize on them,”
He added, “It’s not just me, it’s a team effort: it’s John [Kavanagh], it’s Conor — Conor has a huge input on what shots he uses. He’s such a smart fighter. People think he just goes in and lands the left hand, but it’s everything before — he’s leading people into that position and he’s very good at doing that.”
Roddy also said that Georges St-Pierre and Nurmagomedov are both “tricky” fighters but McGregor can defeat them.
“[GSP] is one of the best to ever do it. He has a tricky code to crack, most definitely. Same with Khabib. That style is [tricky], but you can come up with plans to beat them. Nobody is perfect. There are flaws in everyone’s game — there are flaws in Khabib’s game and there are flaws in GSP’s game,” he said.