The respective fathers of UFC 229 headliners Khabib Nurmagomdov and Conor McGregor have come to prominence in recent months.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was dragged into the dispute between the two fighters, with McGregor calling him a ‘quivering coward’ and doubling down at last week’s press conference.
On the other hand, Tony McGregor’s biggest problem was with the amount of ‘coinage‘ he received in change from an Irish train. More on that later.
As for Abdulmanap, he issued his own rebuke to Conor in an interview earlier this month, claiming that the Irishman has a body more suited to women’s figure skating than to the wrestling he’ll need on October 6.
But now as we grow ever closer to the epic clash, he was all business in speaking to Alexey Safonov.
The most interesting revelation is that Khabib is currently walking around at 79kg, which translates to 174 pounds with just over ten days to go to the fight.
Khabib has had serious trouble making the 155lb. limit before, but per his father, the ‘Eagle’ is 1kg under his target weight at this point.
The size difference could play a role on fight night, with Khabib’s advantage set to be a factor in those all important grappling exchanges.
McGregor’s ‘psyop’ has seen him invoke shady Russian politics and some dangerous figures, but a rapper who has become embroiled in a remarkable, bitter dispute with Khabib could be another avenue for mind games, with the interviewer suggesting that McGregor walking out to Russian rapper Timati at the T-Mobile Arena could get under the opposition’s skin.
As mentioned, Tony McGregor has had an altogether easier time of it.
That being said, he was particularly fired up on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, something which the host himself picked up on after the elder McGregor went in hard on both Khabib’s prospects and credentials.
“This argument [about Khabib’s wrestling] bores me,” Tony stated. “He’s slow, he’s sloppy, he’s predictable.”
“There’s nothing in his arsenal that Conor fears. He has no power. Conor’s camp is possibly the most awesome camp to date. He’s in peak physical condition. His power, speed, precision is unbelievable. When he strikes Khabib he won’t see it coming. He won’t last one round. Once Conor cracks his skull, that’s it!”
Then he turned on Khabib as a fighter.
“He’s actually an amateur. I don’t even know how he got to this level. He’s stepping in with a highly-tuned professional – not the amateurs he has faced.”
What seemed to prompt this was Tony stating that Khabib had been ‘disrespectful’ towards his fatherhood skills at the conference. He then likened Khabib’s upbringing in which he wrestled bears to modern child abuse.
That conversation begins at seven minutes below, and with both men present in Vegas next week, we’re sure to hear more from both before UFC 229 is in the books.