Conor Mcgregor’s Striking Coach Owen Roddy Says Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Past Weight Cutting Issues Could Be A Red Flag Ahead Of UFC 229
We are less than a week away from what promotion is expecting the biggest event in the history of UFC. Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his UFC lightweight title on the line against former two-division champion Conor McGregor in the main headliner of UFC 229 on October 6 from Las Vegas. UFC head honcho Dana White also claimed that UFC 229 pay-per-view is trending at 2.5 million buys. So far things are sailing smoothly but the last minute issues aren’t exactly a rare occurrence.
Conor Mcgregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy admitted that “Eagle’s’ past weight-cutting issues could be a ‘concern’ ahead of UFC 229 bout. Khabib has had an issue with weight in the past. Remember when Khabib missed his fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 after falling ill while cutting weight. He missed weight only on one occasion coming in heavy on the scale against Abel Trujillo in 2013. But Khabib manages to make weight in his last two performances without any problem. Still fights fans and even team Mcgregor says we could see more weight issues ahead of the big showdown.
“It could be a concern, yeah. It has happened before,” McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy said during an appearance on MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “Don’t focus on what is out of your control, you can only focus on what you have control over. We don’t know what could happen, anything could happen.”
Coach Owen Roddy recalled when Jose Aldo pulled out of UFC 189 how McGregor took a short-notice fight against Chad Mendes, so Roddy said at the moment we’re focusing on getting ready for the upcoming bout.
“We had that happen with Aldo a couple of years back, we had a last-minute change with Mendes,” Roddy continued. “It didn’t really affect us. We went straight back in, made a couple of minor adjustments, we went in and we done what we needed to do. Anything can happen in the fight game, but we can only focus on what we have control over and that’s getting Conor prepared, getting him focused on getting back in the cage and doing what he does best — that’s what we’re focusing on.”
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