Zabit Magomedsharipov: Khabib will remain the champion, but the fight will be interesting

September 7, 2019

– It’s scored, only a few hours remain until, of course, expected by fans of the UFC 242 tournament in Abu Dhabi, in which eight fighters associated with Russia will take part at once. Your opinion about the upcoming fights, what fights do you expect with special interest?

– I know all our fighters performing in Abu Dhabi personally, so this tournament is very interesting for me. I’ll definitely watch all the fights and, of course, I will root for our guys. Naturally, the battle of Habib is the most expected, all attention is riveted to him. But the rest of our guys, I am sure, will show great fights.

– The main event of the event is a fight for the lightweight champion’s belt between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier. What are the chances of the American to win and due to what? Will this fight be one-sided?

– Although Poirier is a very worthy opponent for Khabib, but I do not see why he will be able to win. He had never met with fighters of the Habib level. But Habib repeatedly met with top drummers and in no way inferior to them. I think the fight will be interesting, but Khabib Nurmagomedov will remain the champion.

– That same evening, for the first time in the same card with Khabib Nurmagomedov, his close friends Islam Makhachev and Zubayra Tukhugov will fight. Can the result of their performances affect the psychological state of Khabib, his mood?

– I can’t speak for Habib, but it seems to me that he is an athlete with such a strong psyche, is already at such a level that he can cope with any emotions and will not succumb to the influence of some external factors before his performance. Moreover, the father of Khabib Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov this time will be next to him and, I think, will be able to see that his son’s mood remains on the right wave.