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McGregor: Khabib is a dead man walking



Conor McGregor makes his UFC return this weekend (PA)

Conor McGregor makes his UFC return this weekend (PA)

Conor McGregor makes his UFC return this weekend (PA)

UFC 229 is edging closer and closer - on Saturday night, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will square off in Las Vegas.

Former UFC Lightweight champion McGregor has said that Khabib is a 'dead man walking' ahead of the title fight, which will be the Irishman's long awaited return to the Octagon following a two-year absence from the sport.

During those two years, McGregor made his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather, but says he's looking forward to being able to use his full arsenal on Saturday night.

Speaking on the first episode of the UFC's Embedded series, McGregor said, "I went all around the world in the last one, it was like a circus put many of my tools in the toolbox and left them there when I stepped into that boxing ring.

"So I think people forget the skills I posses. I look forward to going back out and proving once again that I am the pound for pound number one fighter on the planet.

"I see him as a dead man walking. It's nothing new. I'm going to go in, smack him hard, rattle his head and raise that gold once again."

And McGregor's striking coach Owen Roddy is feeling equally confident.

"I wouldn't be worrying about two years out of the octagon, he's been still training and spent plenty of time in the octagon and the gym at home.

"But it's a lot freer now, we were limited to just the hands in the last fight but now he's able to use all the tools and you can see that in his spars, he's very creative; he's using all his weapons and he looks phenomenal.

"Khabib is a high level wrestler but we've faced them before and they've come up with the same problems - when they get in there they realise just how good Conor is."

Khabib will be one of McGregor's toughest ever opponents. The Russian is undefeated, with a record of 26 wins from 26 fights, and isn't taking the defence of his title lightly.

"He is so ready it's kind of sickening how good he has gotten over the past two months in preparation for this fight", said Khabib's head coach Javier Mendez.

"He's in great shape, his weight is down lower than before, he's super healthy and mentally he's super strong. I'm expecting a fantastic performance from him."

And Khabib himself is confident of a victory.

"It's the biggest fight in UFC history." he said.

"No Irish team, no Irishman and no Irish whiskey can stop me."

Belfast Telegraph