Despite having a massive advantage over Conor McGregor in the wrestling department, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is still going to have his hands full when the two stars meet next weekend at UFC 229.
If Nurmagomedov is able to drag the brash Irishman to the canvas that means he had success getting past McGregor’s hands on the feet. It’s a daunting task considering McGregor is one of the very best strikers in mixed martial arts today, but Khabib’s 26-0 professional record suggests he’ll do whatever it takes to capture victory at UFC 229 and retain his 155-pound title.
In preparation for his impending grudge match with “Notorious,” Khabib has released the first episode of his behind-the-scenes training camp at American Kickboxing Academy (shown above).
Under the tutelage of head coach Javier Mendez, alongside notable sparring partners like former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, Nurmagomedov is honing his skills the best he can. Only time will tell if Khabib’s hard work pays off against a killer like McGregor. Because no matter how high “Eagle” has soared throughout his career he hasn’t met a fighter as unique as “Notorious.”
UFC 229 will take place on Oct. 6 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.