Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about his relationship with stress and how he can maintain healthy motivation while at the top of the game.
Nurmagomedov is considered by many to be the greatest lightweight fighter in the history of the sport, and if anything drastic happens in the betting line, there is no doubt the Buckeyes should be in doubt with Dustin Poyer for his UFC 242 showdown.
It didn’t even bother Poirier, the Russians were just that influential.
And the fight is one that will have a wide range for the entire 155lb division, but of course there is the expectation that the relationship between the two will not compare to the shared relationship between Champ and Conor McGregor. In terms of its unstable nature.
Speaking in a recent interview with RT Today, Khabib explained how these national things are not needed when you want to get a head in the right place.
It doesn’t really have to be verbal conflict to motivate.
Motivation can be a sport, and I have it, why not? When you get out there and compete with other people – whether it’s a fight, a sports competition or sparring in the gym, nothing comes up. Motivation is always there, and I still have it.
I’m not 50 years old. I have no problem with inspiration.
Whether I have it or not – you will see September September as an opponent. I will not slow him down. He is a good opponent, a very good fighter. He has an interim title, so I have no problem with motivation.
There is only a little less than two months [to the war]. The main thing for me is to be in good physical shape so that I can fight for 25 minutes or overnight if needed. That’s the main thing. However if anyone is against me, or if there is a verbal conflict – it does not matter.
UFC 242 is one of the biggest fight cards of the year, an event that will see Khabib enter with a huge amount of support from the Abu Dhabi crowd – a card title encouraged by his many friends and Spring partners.
Nurmagomedov’s potential as a global star will be tested here, but in his own mind, none of this matters when the octagon door closes.
Yes, being there [friends and teammates] would be a distraction. It interrupts you when your friends and closest people fight.
But I hope they give me some positive energy by winning (their fights) before my fight, and don’t bother me. Because when your closest friends lose, of course it bothers you.
The main thing for them is to motivate me for my victory. We’re just hoping to win. In our squad, or other warriors who enter the octagon, no one wants to lose. So I hope we all win. ”