Conor’s Coach Wonders If Khabib Makes Weight
One of the biggest concerns heading into UFC 229 for Owen Roddy, is not the gameplan of Conor McGregor’s opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov, but if the UFC lightweight champion makes weight for UFC 229.
“It could be a concern, yeah. It has happened before,” Roddy told Peter Carroll on the Eurobash podcast. “Don’t focus on what is out of your control, you can only focus on what you have control over. We don’t know what could happen, anything could happen.”
As an example, Roddy referenced the issue prior to UFC 189, where Jose Aldo would pull out, forcing a short notice fight against Chad Mendes.
“We had that happen with Aldo a couple of years back, we had a last-minute change with Mendes. It didn’t really affect us. We went straight back in, made a couple of minor adjustments, we went in and we done what we needed to do,” said Roddy. “Anything can happen in the fight game, but we can only focus on what we have control over and that’s getting Conor prepared, getting him focused on getting back in the cage and doing what he does best — that’s what we’re focusing on.”
While it will be almost two years since McGregor’s last battle inside the Octagon, Roddy claims his pupil has improved since last seen at Madison Square Garden.
“It’s familiar, it’s back to the same kind of feeling as always. He’s always cool, calm and calculated, he’s intelligent when he’s in there — knowing when to throw and when not to throw. It’s like it’s back to normal again,” Roddy explained.
“Conor has obviously improved with his hands, they’re a lot sharper. His wrestling, his jiu-jitsu too, he hasn’t stopped training. He hasn’t fought, but he hasn’t stopped improving over the past two years since he [last] fought in the Octagon. He’s a far better fighter, but he still has that same mentality. He’s still as sharp as ever, he’s still intelligent in there as always. I’m just excited to see him back in there.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting