UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson last March but was hospitalized during his botched weight cut and has not fought yet in 2017.
His upcoming fight is against Edson Barbosa on December 30th at UFC 219, and he needs to make no more than 156 pounds to qualify. There is a lot of interest — and, frankly, a lot of concern — around Nurmagomedov’s ability to make that weight. He knows this and cracks a faint smile as he acknowledges it.
Khabib said he is eight days ahead of schedule on his weight cut for a pivotal meeting with Edson Barboza at UFC 219. During the press at a media luncheon of UFC 219, he scolded a reporter via MMAFighting.
“Not big. Asking fighters how much they weigh and how old they are is not a good idea. How old are you and how much do you weigh (are) two questions you can’t ask women and fighters.”
“I want to see my fights, too. I’m a very big fan of MMA. I watch all fights. It’s not only about UFC; I watch Bellator and other organizations. I like my fights, too. I think first of all, you have to make weight. If you don’t make weight, there’s going to be trouble.”
Nurmagomedov avoided a topic that’s been a defining feature of his recent career. The cancelation of the Ferguson brawl marked the third time the matchup was canceled.
Khabib is trying to make up ground when he meets Barboza who’s won his past three bouts and plans to win decisively and then take on Ferguson for the interim belt.
we all have witnessed the UFC 209 disaster, that event had the MMA world buzzing, Nurmagomedov was on the verge of UFC gold — and perhaps a dance with McGregor. At the very least, a dominant win by Nurmagomedov would have put enormous pressure on McGregor to respond in some way. Unfortunately, things fell apart.
What do you guys think Khabib will manage to make his weight for UFC 219? Do you think his weight cut will affect his performance?