UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes he is superior to Tony Ferguson in many ways. Numagomedov prepares to defend his title against Ferguson in the headlines of UFC 249 in Brooklyn, New York, April 18. Many in this mixed martial arts world had hoped to see this fight for many years, and both have 12 active winning streaks in promotions.
There is no doubt that Ferguson is Numagomedov’s biggest problem so far, at least on paper. However, the “Eagle” is still confident in its capabilities.
“Since I cannot fight uncertainty, I always make my chances better than my opponents,” Nurmagomedov said at a recent press conference in Russia. – I think that I am better in the fight than He is much stronger, and I am much stronger than him physically. I am stronger than him. Unlike him, I did not lose.
“Unlike him, I have not yet been knocked down. I believe that he has seven rounds of UFC knockout and many punches. So I can fight, I want to hit him on purpose. ”
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Having said this, Numagomedov sees the need to praise Ferguson’s skills, which have long been considered great rivals.
Nurmagmedov added: “I think it would be right to note his advantage.” “His winning streak is also good, and he has not lost since 2012. He is a very good opponent. There have never been 12 consecutive victories between two men in UFC history, so this will be a major historical event.
“As an opponent, I take him very seriously. I can train, wherever I am, but from January I will begin to work hard. If I start intensive training in December, it will be wrong, because it will be Four months later, you may be overwhelmed. To evenly distribute the load, we will start in January. About 100 days of hard training are involved in the battle, as they say. ”
The secret of the battle between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson lies in the duel style and the mentality of fighters on both sides. Nurmagomedov loves wrestling and disappoints opponents. Ferguson is an unconventional fighter who has a high level of ground competition and a few days of aerobics.
Unlike other opponents, Ferguson may even welcome this step-down. But until April 18, no one was sure, so Numagomedov thought this was an interesting battle.
He added: “When I caught him, I did not know how he would react.” “That’s what makes the fight interesting.”