Khabib Nurmagomedov Believes He Was On UFC 205 Prelim Card To Take Care Of McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov told RT Sport that he believes his fight against Michael Johnson was on the preliminary card at UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor to take care of Conor McGregor. Here’s an excerpt:

"I felt good because [whether] the UFC puts me on the main card or prelims, it doesn't matter. You have to fight. Main card cage closes the same in prelims, same cage closes... But I think UFC put me in prelims because they don't want to make my name as big because they have to take care of Conor. They don't want to promote my name very good.”

Nurmagomedov has battled injury issues as he missed nearly two full years due to injuries before defeating Darrell Horcher on April 16, 2016. He now wants a shot at Conor McGregor and the UFC Lightweight Championship.

"For UFC's lightweight division my style is very hard. Because I have pressure, I can take you down - body, single leg, double leg. I have very good conditioning. I know this. To stop me with my style my opponent needs to knock me out."

"Conor is a very good striking guy - everybody knows this. He has very good boxing, timing, his counter-punches are very good. But everybody knows I have a top control, wrestling, pressure. Why I need to stay stand up with him? I'm gonna take him down, I'm gonna slap him, make him nervous, talk with him, and make him give up.”

Check out the interview embedded in the video above.

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