Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke about fights with Edson Barboza, and then with Tony Ferguson
A little more than a month left, before when one of the strongest lightweights of the world, Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet with Brazilian striker Edson Barboza at the UFC 219 tournament in Las Vegas on December 30. This week, Nurmagomedov became a guest of Daniel Cormier's "Talk & Talker" podcast, where he talked about the upcoming fight with Barbosa
"He's a very tough guy, and his punches are very hard," said the Eagle. "To be honest, I think my boxing, my pressure and my fight are much better than his. In addition, my control, my condition and my fight IQ. He's a tough guy, but, in my opinion, I'm at a different level compared to Edson Barboza. However, I respect him. I respect his team, and I know his coaches, but this is just my opinion. In my thoughts, I do not underestimate this guy, because everyone knows and is confident that I should defeat him. "
"He has one of the best defenses against takedowns, but I already have a plan for December 30. I'm going to show how I'll transfer him down, and how I'm going to defeat this guy.
"I respect him, I respect his skills, but, in my opinion, I must already fight for the title."
"I deserve this. It's not just about my eight fights at the UFC, it's been about my whole career since 2008. "
Despite the fact that the Russian is focused on the fight with Barboza, he is already thinking about how to win the championship belt. At the moment, his plans include a duel with Tony Ferguson, and not with the current lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
"The nearest plan is to make weight, to defeat Barboza and then I want to fight Tony Ferguson," Nurmagomedov said. "This is my plan. My duel against Conor McGregor is also a good fight, but I have to meet Tony. I have an unfinished business with him. "
"I really really want to smash those guys. This is what I want. "
After that, Habib said that he likes in the temporary lightweight champion Tony Ferguson:
"Sometimes you just do not like someone, and that's fine," Nurmagomedov continued. "In my opinion, there will always be people who do not like you. Do you know what I like about Tony Ferguson? I can beat him, and the UFC will pay me for it. "