Khabib’s struggle with the lightweight weight limit, more so than its actual fighters with his 24-0 record, has been well documented.
The 29-year-old has had a glittering career derailed by injuries and weight cut issues. The latter began at UFC 160 in just his fourth UFC fight, as he tipped the scales three and a half pounds over the limit against Abel Trujillo.
Two bouts with now-interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson fell through with both suffering injuries along the way. The third scheduling of the fight in March of this year was cancelled after Nurmagomedov endured a heavily botched weight cut that necessitated a hospital visit on the day of the weigh-ins.
Tony ferguson knew khabib was struggling ….
— Mo (@MIG311200) March 3, 2017
His weight cut this time around ahead of his UFC 219 tilt against Edson Barboza appears to be going much better for what would be just his third fight in over three and a half years.
🦅 The UFC wants fighters no higher than 10% of their weight class on arrival. Two meals and a lot of water later, @TeamKhabib weighs in more than a pound UNDER. Sorry haters… 🦅 #nutritionist #lockhartandleith #khabibnurmagomedov #ufc219 pic.twitter.com/AksT9X7hhA
— Tyler Melee Minton (@TheMeleeWay) December 26, 2017
So much better in fact, that the Dagestani Eagle is mulling over an extraordinary drop to featherweight – a whole ten pounds lighter than the 155lb. limit that has eluded him more than once.
“I feel great. My weight is very good,” Nurmagomedov said to the UFC’s Megan Olivi (hat tip BloodyElbow). “To be honest, I am thinking about next fight maybe I am going to 145.”
“We are thinking about this. I am going to focus on Barboza first, but we’ll see. Maybe 145. We’re gonna see, with my team, we’re going to see first of all how I feel Friday morning. We’ll see. We’re gonna make the weight.
“Maybe I’m gonna take the 155 belt and then fight for the title — champion vs. champion – at 145. I think I can make this weight, 145, too. This time things are very different. I changed a lot of things. Eat like champion, train like champion, sleep like champion — everything.”
Making 145 pounds down the line would shatter the current ‘Tiramisu’ trope, along with a healthy Khabib at featherweight being a truly terrifying prospect. We’d all settle for the 155lb. weigh in this coming Friday going smoothly, however.
You can see the full interview below.