Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier press conference
The UFC held a press conference for the upcoming UFC 242 occasion including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier, here are the most crucial takeaways.
The UFC light-weight department is among the most amazing in the entire company. With 2 champs waiting to fight it out in Abu Dhabi, the accumulation to the battle in between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier started on Wednesday early morning with a pressconference The presser was kept in London for the occasion that happens on September 7 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Both the light-weight champ Nurmagomedov and the interim champ Poirier spoke with media about the upcoming bout. Here are the 5 greatest takeaways from the conference.
1. Nurmagomedov wishes to seal his tradition with 3 crucial matches. When he beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229,
Nurmagomeodov ended up being the light-weight champ back in April and protected his title in October. Because that bout, Nurmagomeodv has actually been serving a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to the occasions that took place following the conclusion of the bout. Now that the suspension is up, Nurmagomedov is all set to continue his title run and has an excellent concept of how he prepares to construct his tradition.
” I need to beat Dustin, I need to beat Tony Ferguson and GSP [Georges St-Pierre],” Nurmagomedov stated. “And then I can become pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter, and this is my opinion.”
As far as a timeline for these tradition structure battles, Nurmagomedov has a fresh brand-new agreement signed with the UFC and has a strategy in mind for the remainder of the year. Nurmagomeodov prepares to take one month off following UFC 242 and after that would like an area on completion of the year card to be kept in December.
2. Nurmagomedov shoots down a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Seeing a rematch in between Nurmagomedov and McGregor has actually been of high interest to eliminate fans and UFC president Dana White considering that the very first bout at UFC229 Neither fighter has actually stepped foot into the Octagon considering that the battle, and in addition, McGregor has actually revealed his retirement. With all that in mind, the choice for the rematch has still on the table, although perhaps not any longer.
“He tapped, he begged me, ‘please don’t kill me,’ you know? and now we talk rematch?” Nurmagomedov stated. “Tony Ferguson is on the line. People who have win streaks are on the line. Not the guy who didn’t win nothing last three years. Right now I’m focused on Sept. 7.”
McGregor has actually just battled as soon as in the UFC in the last 2 years, and prior to that, he battled in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. To Nurmagomedov this does not certify him for an instant rematch.
“The last three years he has only one victory and amateur boxing. How does he deserve a rematch?” Nurmagomedov asked. “He tapped. He pled me, ‘Please don’ t eliminate me.’ Now he’s speaking about a rematch?
If Nurmagomedov wins versus Poirier and McGregor go back to the UFC with a win, there might be a possibility for these 2 previous challengers to enter the cage together once again.
3. Poirier information his frame of mind entering into the battle at UFC 242.
Dustin Poirier has actually handled the job of beating Nurmagomedov, the job that 27 guys prior to him have actually attempted and stopped working. What is going through Poirier’s head leading up to this champion bout? He put in the time to information his frame of mind entering into UFC 242.
” It’s going to be a really top-level battle,” he included. “You’ve got two guys on the pound-for-pound list, one of them is undefeated, both of them are champions. Two champions are going in, one champion’s coming out. This is going to be a huge fight, I’m excited about it.”
It has actually been a long roadway to the title forPoirier He pertained to the UFC back in 2011 and has actually had 21 battles in the Octagon. Now that he is headed into his very first combined title battle, he is 100 percent concentrated on his challenger and his objective of being the very first male to beatNurmagomedov When asked what will make him be the one to beat the champ,
“Experience, self-belief, my mindset. I’m focused on making history, and that’s all I care about. That’s what the next 11 weeks of my life are going to be,” Poirier later on specified. When he beat featherweight champ Max Holloway at UFC 236, “To prepare for 25 minutes, to do whatever I have to do to get my hand raised.”
Poirier won the interim title simply 2 months back.
4. Nurmagomedov is important of Tony Ferguson’s battle options.
Many think that the real top competitor on the light-weight department is Tony Ferguson. Ferguson formerly held the light-weight interim title prior to it was removed due to lack of exercise. Ferguson was arranged to eliminate Nurmagomedov a number of times, regrettably, none of those bouts pertained to fulfillment. The most current stopped working effort to get these 2 fighters together took place at UFC 223 in April of 2018 when Ferguson was hurt simply a week out from the battle.
Since then Ferguson has actually been handling injury and individual concerns that have actually kept him from the cage. He just recently won his battle over Donald Cerrone due to a physician’s blockage at UFC238 Nurmagomedov had some important words about Ferguson’s battle options and whether he will combat him in the future.
“He deserves a title shot, in my opinion,” Nurmagomedov stated. “But when the UFC asked him to eliminate Max Holloway, he didn’t take that battle. Now, the issue is since of him. I do not understand why he didn’t take that battle. He took a routine battle with Cowboy[Cerrone] I do not comprehend this.”
Although Nurmagomedov did ultimately put Ferguson on his list of prospective challengers, he specified that he is concentrated on Poirier and can not believe of other challengers at this time.
5. The UFC will hold a week-long battle week event in Abu Dhabi.
This see to Abu Dhabi is the very first for the UFC considering that2014 The company has actually gone to the location two times prior to however this time they are bringing a week-long event with them. They are explaining this occasion as “A week-long celebration of mixed martial arts entitled ‘The Abu Dhabi Showdown Week.’” The occasion will be kept in the days leading up to UFC 242 and will include lots of occasions for fans.
There will be sign finalizings, open exercises muscle and physical fitness exposition, music performances, and UFC fan zones. The “Showdown week” will be topped off with UFC 242 on September 7 live from the Yas Arena in Adu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates.