UFC megastar Conor McGregor and undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov are set to throw down at UFC 229. In promotion for the event, the two fighters recently hashed it out at a press conference in New York.
Speaking to Submission Radio, AKA member and teammate to Khabib Nurmagomedov, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold offered his thoughts on the press conference.
“I watched a bit of it on my drive to practice. It is what it is. I think there’s obviously somewhat of a communication barrier, but Khabib gets his point across. He’s composed. You can see his demeanor. I know where he’s at.”
“Conor’s…Conor. He’s selling it, man. He’s on the brink of insanity and it’s f—king awesome.”
“Khabib’s a pretty smooth character. He doesn’t really let a lot affect him. I think you all can see that. Conor always does his homework, he always does his sh-t and he’s always gonna be himself, but the man can fight.”
“We all know Khabib can do his thing. He’s 26-0 now. I mean, that’s an unheard of thing. The guy’s never lost. Conor’s lost multiple times. Khabib is dangerous. Anybody can lose, but we’ll see what happens.
“If Khabib gets a hold of him, it’s a different world. You can’t tussle with somebody who’s grappled like that his whole life. I’ve grappled with a lot of 155-pounders in the world and not one, not one can give me the go that Khabib has.”
“I mean, I play with 155-pounders. Khabib is a real go and there’s absolutely no quit in him. He will go to the bitter end. He will go to his death. He has to. I’ve taken him as far as I can ever believe and he just keeps coming. The guy does not, he will not tap to anything. He’s a true fighter.”