Unbeaten number one UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the octagon on Saturday night against number two contender Tony Ferguson ans ahead of their massive clash, the Dagestani native has had another go at Conor McGregor.
The 28-year-old take-down nightmare has been highly critical of the Irishman’s lightweight title winning exploits against Eddie Alvarez in November at UFC 205 and has been like a man possessed ever since.
While McGregor enjoys a hiatus away from the octagon, content to explore the chance to take on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match-up, the 24-0 fighter takes on Ferguson at UFC 209 this weekend in Las Vegas, with the winner set to take on the champion when he returns to the UFC, whenever that might be.
Now, reported by Bloody Elbow, Nurmagomedov has revealed how he believes Ferguson is ‘much better’ than McGregor and will be his toughest fight to date.
“I think he’s much better than Conor.
“Conor has very good boxing skills, but Tony has elbows, knees, unpredictable. His ground game is good, his conditioning is good. Maybe Tony’s boxing is not good like Conor’s boxing, but MMA fighter, who’s better? I think Tony is better.
“I think this is my toughest match-up, but we’ll see. Nobody knows. Maybe this fight finishes in first round? Nobody knows. I have tough opponents before, like (Rafael) dos Anjos, (Gleison) Tibau, Michael Johnson. These guys are beasts too. But Tony is a little bit different because his style make him different, and he have nine-win streak. We have to respect this.”
The Russian then reiterates his assertion that McGregor has been given favourable treatment by UFC president Dana White on his way to lightweight glory last year.
“I don’t care about (McGregor). You guys know his Uncle Dana give him gift. He jump over all contenders and he fight for the title.
“I no understand this fight. He catch him a couple times, he go down, Eddie Alvarez. This fight, for me, is fake fight. We have real fight now. This is the people’s main event.”
On Saturday, in one of the most highly anticipated fights for some time, someone’s winning streak will end.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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