Khabib Nurmagomedov admits he was disappointed Conor McGregor was not ‘mentally tougher’ during UFC 229 beating

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Khabib Nurmagomedov says he was disappointed with Conor McGregor for not being ‘mentally tougher’ during their UFC 229 clash.

The Russian endured months of personal attacks by McGregor, before finally getting his vengeance and exacting some punishment of his own by bullying the former champion in a four-round mauling.

Khabib Nurmagomedov was comprehensively the victor at UFC 229

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Khabib Nurmagomedov was comprehensively the victor at UFC 229

Khabib walked out of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a security escort after inciting a brawl, but he also remained the UFC lightweight champion and enhanced his reputation as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

While the rivalry shared by the two men took on a more personal and vitriolic tone than some of the greatest conflicts in UFC history, it will go down in history as a watershed moment for the UFC.

The Russian extended his unbeaten record and announced himself as a certified PPV star capable of carrying the mantle while ‘The Notorious’ once again became a recluse.

However, Khabib admitted he was disappointed in his adversary for seemingly breaking psychologically during the fight.

The Russian even managed to drop McGregor in the second round with a booming right hand

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The Russian even managed to drop McGregor in the second round with a booming right hand

“Conor’s trash talk? Yes, he had talked for a while,” Khabib said in a Moscow press conference.

“But when I started pushing him, he immediately switched to the ‘It’s just business’ mode. I was even a bit disappointed. I expected him to be mentally tougher.

“When I was ground-and-pounding him, talking to him, and he responded that it was just business, it looked like he was trying to calm me down to avoid a real beating, just like a son trying to justify himself in front of his angry father.

“Psychology is a very strong tool.”

Dana White consoled ‘The Notorious’ in the aftermath at the T-Mobile Arena

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Dana White consoled ‘The Notorious’ in the aftermath at the T-Mobile Arena

The 32-year-old is a former two-weight world champion and is hoping to reclaim the 155lbs belt after Khabib’s retirement following the conclusion of UFC 254.

McGregor will rematch Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23 in the hope of propelling himself into title contention with a victory against another former foe.





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