Khabib explains how Conor McGregor showed he was 'already broken' before their fight

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has had quite the week since his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229 and the chaos that ensued afterwards.

In a brief summary, the Russian has finally been given his belt but also received a 10-day suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his actions.

Further investigation is underway and there's a good chance Khabib will be fined, banned and maybe even stripped of his title.

His teammate, Zubaira Tukhugov, could also be thrown out of UFC for sucker punching McGregor in the Octagon, which has placed Khabib's own future in doubt.

Khabib has been contacted by WWE and 50 Cent about new ventures and he claims he's refusing to speak to UFC until a decision is made about his team.

In an wide-ranging interview with Russian station Channel One on Saturday, the 30-year-old said: "They (UFC) already started to negotiate my next fight. I told them no, wait, slow down.

"You punished my team and you want me to negotiate with you? That will never happen. This is what we will do, everything is going to be alright with my team.


"Because we didn't start this, we ended this. Until you sort out all the problems with my team, my brothers, don't call me at all."

Khabib also revealed various new details about his fight with McGregor and one of the most interesting was what he said to his brother moments before it started.

According to Khabib, McGregor didn't look him in the eye once in the Octagon and that was the moment he realised the Notorious was "already broken". He told his brother as much.

"He never even looked me in the eyes," said Khabib. "It was like he was looking me in the eyes, but he was never actually looking.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

"I felt like he was looking somewhere here in the middle. Somewhere around the eyes, he never looked right into my eyes. Not once did he look me in the eyes.

"Everything that happened, the press conference, weigh-ins, the open training, the closer we got to the fight the more he broke.

"And when we were inside the cage before the fight, I looked him in the eyes, I looked at his state and his appearance and I saw that he is already broken.

"I turned to my brother and said this and he told me not to think that and that I should focus. I told him that it's OK and that he shouldn't worry."




Khabib certainly looked more focused and determined than McGregor as they squared up in the Octagon, so perhaps it's no surprise that the Russian won with such aplomb.

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