‘I Was Preparing for War’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Conor McGregor Would Have Died if Herb Dean Wouldn’t Have Interrupted

Published 09/06/2021, 10:49 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after Conor McGregor of Ireland submitted in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Khabib Nurmagomedov recalls one of his greatest fights in the UFC. The Dagestan native says he would have killed his opponent inside the octagon if the referee didn’t stop him.

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Nurmagomedov clashed against the former two-division champion Conor McGregor at UFC 229. The Dagestan native secured an impressive win against the Irishman.

During a recent talk session at Daniel Cormier’s new academy, ‘The Eagle’ opened up about his moments before the fight. Nurmagomedov said, “I was very happy, you know, and I was thinking like okay finally I’m gonna grab this guy. I’m gonna catch this guy. You know like a very hungry eagle you hold him when and you let him hunt you know and he fly and you watch like okay.”

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“Where this mouse you know. And you go catch him, you know the same thing I was very happy because he talks a lot of trash and for me, it was like very important to catch this guy.”

He added, “When I make weight the next day, I wanna be there like all night but my opponent he don’t want this. When I come to the cage, I look at him he doesn’t wanna watch my eyes. But when I come too close like I look at his eyes like okay, he doesn’t wanna watch my eyes.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Honestly, like Herb Dean saved his life 100 percent, he saved his life. Can you imagine no help in here what he gonna do he gonna die because I catch him he go like this. And you have to watch the fight Dean come he do like this you know. And it was not enough for me. I was preparing for war.”

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The undefeated lightweight fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, faced the former two-division champion, Conor McGregor, at UFC  229. This fight went down to be one of the greatest showdowns in the promotion history. It was because of the blood rivalry between the two best lightweights in the UFC.

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LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Referee Herb Dean separates Conor McGregor, left, and Khabib Nurmagomedov during their fight at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

A lot of trash talks, brawls, and the mental battle went down before the men entered the octagon. However, it was the Dagestan native who emerged victorious in the fight defending his lightweight gold. The combat fans witnessed one of the biggest clashes of the UFC. The Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor event remains the most successful event in the UFC, with the highest pay-per-view buy rate of 2.4 million.

Will a rematch take place between Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor? Let us know in the comments.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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