‘I’m going to turn him into a bobblehead’: Conor McGregor predicts he will knockout Khabib
Conor McGregor is planning on turning Khabib Nurmagomedov into a ‘bobblehead’ when he finally steps foot in the octagon with the Russian at UFC 229.
McGregor will bid to reclaim the UFC lightweight title when he makes his long-waited return against the Undefeated Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The rivalry is a deeply personal one and Mystic Mac believes his shots will be too much for the champion to handle.
Conor McGregor gave his first interview ahead of his showdown with Khabib Nurmagoemdov
The Irishman does not believe the undefeated Russian will be able to handle his shots
‘I think I’m going to turn him into a bobblehead if I’m honest,’ McGregor told TheMacLife in his first interview ahead of the fight.
‘It’s personal but it’s the same, it’s always a little personal. In there it’s a blank face and a new body.
‘I see him turning into a bobblehead when I hit him. I feel his brain is going to rattle when he takes a clatter off me.
McGregor admits he fell out of love with MMA but is now as focused as he has ever been
‘That’s what I’m keeping in my head, but I’m a veteran now. ‘I will be prepared for five rounds, I’ll be prepared for any scenario. I’m well trained, I’ve put in the work and we are confident going in, no matter where it goes.’
It has been 23 months since McGregor, who was stripped of his two world titles, last competed in mixed martial arts and the Irishman admits that he fell out of love with the sport for a while.
‘I fell out of love with the game for a bit, went off on to my own thing,’ he continued, reflecting on his hiatus.
The Notorious is bidding to reclaim the UFC lightweight title in Las Vegas on Saturdaay
McGregor has been ‘preparing for war’ with brutal training sessions ahead of UFC 229
‘I had many things going on. Now I’m back. I’m hungry to compete. And we’re here right on the cusp of it. Making weight, handling the media obligations. And that’s it.’
‘I spent my entire life’s work to win those two world titles,’ he added. ‘Those two UFC world titles. I set out a goal, I put everything, absolutely everything, sacrificed so much times, sacrificed so much to gain those world titles.
‘And then as soon as I win the second world title, I wasn’t even offered a featherweight contest and the featherweight title was taken off of me and handed back to a man that I had a crazy history with.
‘I travelled the world with a two year build up. He ended up pulling out last minute. Blah blah blah blah blah, when I end the fight, I knock him out in in 13 seconds and then they give the belt back as soon as I walk out the Octagon in Madison Square Garden. And then like, what, about a month, a month or two, the lightweight belt is stripped from me also.
‘So these kind of things irritate me. Especially seeing what way it goes, who the belts are given to, who the people are that are challenging the belts. Who the person who has the belt is facing to get the belt.
‘Many things irritate me in the game, and just watching it unfold, I just became more hungry to come back and show who the real king is.’