Conor McGregor has made a truly bizarre prediction for his fight at UFC 229
We're now less than a week away from UFC 229, where Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will face off for the lightweight championship in a long-gestating match.
Their rivalry, despite a brief quiet period, has become pretty intense. Back in April this year, McGregor was arrested after attacking a bus that carried the Russian fighter.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor have repeatedly clashed in the last 12 months, with the latter arrested in April after attacking a bus carrying the Russian after the UFC 223 Press Conference. He was eventually charged with assault and criminal mischief, having to pay off a $50,000 bail bond.
A video of the incident, which shows McGregor throwing a dolly through the window of a coach, has since made its way online.
"I regret my actions that led to today," McGregor's apologetic statement on the incident read. "I understand the seriousness of this matter and I'm hopeful this will get worked out. Thank you, everyone."
Last month, things started building up to the UFC 229 fight between McGregor and Nurmgomedov, with McGregor first posting an intensive training montage to Instagram, then making bold claims at their first press conference. As well as throwing various insults at his opponent and downing whiskey in front of the crowd, he even said that things could have gotten even more violent in April.
"I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that that man doesn't have the balls to step off that bus, this man would be dead right now," McGregor said. "He would be in a box and I would be in a cell and we would not have this great fight ahead of us."
While that particular press conference saw McGregor test Khabib's patience to new limits as he squared off against him, he sounds a little more lucid in his latest interview - though he is clearly still itching for a fight. In a 13-minute-long interview with Andrew McGahon of TheMacLife.com, he kept his cool for the most part - until he was asked if he had any predictions for his upcoming fight.
"I think I’m going to turn him into a bobblehead if I’m honest," the 29-year-old MMA fighter said. "It’s personal but it’s the same, it’s always a little personal. In there it’s a blank face and a new body.
"I see him turning into a bobblehead when I hit him. I feel his brain is going to rattle when he takes a clatter off me.
"That’s what I’m keeping in my head, but I’m a veteran now. I will be prepared for five rounds, I’ll be prepared for any scenario. I’m well trained, I’ve put in the work and we are confident going in, no matter where it goes.
It seems that McGregor is more than confident that he can win on October 6, but fans are pretty divided on whether he will win. Either way, he's clearly got enough fighting spirit that Tom Hardy is using him as an inspiration for his new movie Venom.