By now, you’ve probably seen the video of a very young Khabib Nurmagomedov wrestling a bear in his home town of Dagestan.
If not, here it is.
Nurmagomedov is one of the most ferocious wrestlers in the game and has manhandled almost all of his opponents inside the Octagon, winning twenty six straight fights and earning his spot in the top ten pound-for-pound rankings.
Some fighters may find the undefeated Dagestani a little intimidating, but ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, who exudes confidence, doesn’t think Khabib knows what he’s letting himself in for at UFC 229.
Speaking to TV host Conan O’Brien in a recent interview, McGregor spoke about Khabib’s bear fight and warned ‘The Eagle’ that he will be locked in a cage with a different kind of animal on Saturday night: an ‘Irish gorilla.’
“He may have wrestled Dagestani bears, but he has never wrestled an Irish gorilla, Conan. And that’s what he’s about to face on Saturday night,” McGregor joked.
McGregor was also keen to highlight what he feels are Nurmagomedov’s weaknesses, claiming that the UFC lightweight champion is ‘slow’ and ‘flat-footed.’
“I have many, many weapons to dismantle all styles of opponent and this is just another style of opponent,” McGregor said. “I believe he’s slow, he’s flat-footed. His striking is very average, and I look to expose that on Saturday night.”
UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor takes place this Saturday, October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.