Khabib Nurmagomedov has admitted that he was suffering from his brutal weight-cut the night before UFC 229, going as far as to claim he had seizures.
In the time since UFC 229, Nurmagomedov will no doubt be getting to grips with his increased level of fame – something that will have gone through the roof after his fourth-round submission victory over the sports biggest star, Conor McGregor.
Speaking to Russia’s Channel 1, Khabib reflected on the fight’s buildup as well as the ugly scenes that followed it.
“I did not know whether I would win or not but I was confident in my abilities. I did not expect such provocation from him though.
“When I won I wanted to make him understand that you cannot say things like that.
“Trash talk has changed the game – we will change it back.”
The post-fight melee did leave most who tuned in on the night with something of a bad taste in their mouth in the hours that followed but now, enough time has passed that we can appreciate the action inside the octagon to a greater extent.
Khabib’s performance was a fantastic one and according to him, it was one he was able to come through with after a very arduous weigh-cut – one that resulted in him having seizures the night before.
“I slept very well. Because the day before the fight I did not sleep at all. I had weight loss and I felt very bad.
“I had seizures and I felt very ill. But if I lost I would not tell you about this. Because that would have been an excuse.”
While there doesn’t appear to be any need for an immediate rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor from a competitive perspective, it is looking increasingly likely that these two are going to lock horns again as soon as the UFC can get them to put pen to paper.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena