Comments of Khabib Nurmagomedov on a fight of the century – Mcgregor against Mayfweather
Last Sunday Khabib Nurmagomedov gave insightful comments on the top-selling fight of Mayweather and McGregor. For MMA fans, the opinion of such a high-class professional MMA athlete as Khabib Nurmagomedov on the boxing fight between a "pure" boxer and an MMA fighter is invaluable. His insightful analysis was also useful for professional fighters.
During the bout Khabib told us a lot of interesting things about peculiarities of MMA fights, in which ways they are different from boxing, he shared his own opinion on the fight, on Conor’s boxing technique, told us how much fighters earn for a fight, and about his plans for the future. In general, his comments were very interesting, and those who not only listen, but also act, can really benefit from his thoughts.
On the night of August 26 to 27, the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas hosted one of the biggest fights in MMA and boxing history. At first, the very idea of such a fight seemed ridiculous; when it was finally announced, it stirred much speculation, hype and forecasts of the possible outcome in mass media.
Finally, the fight was on: the American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Conor McGregor – a two-time champion of the UFC, the most popular fighting organization in the world.
Mayweather Junior is an undefeated boxer with record of 49-0, the world champion in five weight categories, with a bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics of 1996. He is no less famous than McGregor in the world of martial arts. For his previous fight against Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines, Mayweather received a huge pay check of 201 million dollars, breaking the record for the highest earn rate in the boxing history. The boxer lives up to his ‘Money’ nickname.
Conor McGregor from Ireland is a hugely popular and extremely ambitious UFC fighter performing in the featherweight division. He is more famous for his extravagant and sometimes unprecedented insults towards his opponents, than for great fights and bright wins. Conor won the featherweight Championship (up to 66 kg) by throwing a knockout punch in the 13th second of the first round during the title fight against the former champion, Brazilian Jose Aldo. After that fight he hopped to the lightweight division and in his very first bout he knocked out Eddie Alvarez. This is how he became the first MMA fighter to hold two championship belts at the same time.
An unbelievably self-assured Irish fighter with good boxing skills and a great knockout striker did not stop there and pulled a trick that nobody had expected: he challenged the whole boxing world by calling out the undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Once the fight was announced, it became an ultimate sensation. It divided the whole sports world. Some believed that Conor was young, strong and talented enough to easily destroy the ageing boxing star. Others had no doubt that Mayweather’s endurance, excellent technique and rapidity will guarantee him an early win. All disputes were settled at the boxing ring.
The fight was going to be spectacular (as Mayweather promised himself): according to the rules, the athletes had to fight 12 rounds, 3 minutes each, in 8-oz gloves. Looking ahead, despite all the forecasts, the outcome was obvious from the start. All the professionals agreed on the winner, including Khabib Nurmagomedov who gave a few hints in the early rounds and predicted the outcome of the sensational fight.
The first round was taken by McGregor who started as number 1 and even landed a series of punches to the American’s face and body. However, as Khabib Nurmagomedov noted, in was typical of Floyd to give the opponent an advantage in the early rounds and settle down for counter attacks. And this fight was no exception.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, who commented this fight together with Roman Mazurov, also stated that in the first rounds Macgregor equalled Floyd both in skills and in striking speed, and he even gave him the win in the first two rounds. Though Roman Mazurov agreed with Khabib, he added that Mayweather had not opened up yet and was just cautious and careful with his moves. After all, two years have passed since his last fight with Pacquiao in 2015, and such a pause could play a low-down trick with the American fighter.
By the middle of the fight, Mayweather cracked Conor’s style and technique and took the lead. The 40-year old Mayweather maintained good pacing, kept the distance and was in full guard for all the rounds, unlike Conor, who seemed to be losing his breath already in the second round, which did not go unnoticed by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In general, Khabib said a lot of interesting things during the match, and you can hear it yoursefl by watching the video, but most importantly, the Eagle expressed the hope that Mayweather would not beat Conor too much, since the Irish was going to have another fight in December. Although he was talking half serious, half jokingly, we all understood the message of Khabib, and we are all hoping that the UFC would stop this nonsense and finally book Khabib against the notorious Irish fighter.
The fight itself was not as interesting as expected. The punches of both fighters looked weak. According to Khabib, it seemed that for the most part Mayweather was preparing Conor for the final beating. Conor’s fans, who were apparently expecting him to attack Floyd from the very first seconds and bash him, were disappointed. McGregor’s actions looked more like a sparring, in any case, he did not land a single really heavy blow. By the way, Khabib was also puzzled, why the both fighters did not sit on their shots.
By the tenth round Conor was exhausted, and that is when Floyd, apparently tired of all that Irish dancing, decided to teach him a basic boxing lesson. A few rather weak, but accurate punches to McGregor's chin, and the referee stopped the fight, because the continuation of this slaughter would not be humane.
The fight ended with a technical knockout. With this win, the American extended his winning streak to the round number of 50 and remained the undefeated boxer with an overwhelming record of 50-0. Summarizing the fight, Khabib made an epic comment on Conor's skills and behaviour in the ring that became viral in the Internet: “He does have a textbook, but cannot read all the words”.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had predicted the outcome of the fight, reiterated his hope that after this defeat McGregor would come back to MMA and fight with him in December 2017. By the way, McGregor himself has earlier approved the idea, so all the fans of mixed martial arts have nothing but to wait and hope for this huge event for Russia and the whole sport community.