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Owen Roddy: Khabib Nurmagomedov making weight ‘could be a concern’ for Conor McGregor clash

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Conor McGregor faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
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Given Khabib Nurmagomedov’s history of encountering trouble with his weight, Conor McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, admitted the Russian’s battle with the scales “could be a concern” ahead of UFC 229.

Roddy underlined that the team are putting Nurmagomedov’s previous weight struggles to the back of their heads ahead of the Oct. 6 date.

“It could be a concern, yeah. It has happened before,” Roddy told Peter Carroll on MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “Don’t focus on what is out of your control, you can only focus on what you have control over. We don’t know what could happen, anything could happen.”

Roddy recalled how McGregor took a short-notice fight against Chad Mendes when Jose Aldo pulled out of their clash at UFC 189 and insisted that McGregor’s SBG team can only focus on getting him ready for the date at the moment.

“We had that happen with Aldo a couple of years back, we had a last-minute change with Mendes. It didn’t really affect us. We went straight back in, made a couple of minor adjustments, we went in and we done what we needed to do,” said Roddy. “Anything can happen in the fight game, but we can only focus on what we have control over and that’s getting Conor prepared, getting him focused on getting back in the cage and doing what he does best — that’s what we’re focusing on.”

Although it will be nearly two years since McGregor last took to the Octagon by the time he faces off with “The Eagle” at the T-Mobile Arena, Roddy insisted that the Irishman has improved since we last saw him compete in MMA.

“It’s familiar, it’s back to the same kind of feeling as always. He’s always cool, calm and calculated, he’s intelligent when he’s in there — knowing when to throw and when not to throw. It’s like it’s back to normal again,” Roddy explained.

“Conor has obviously improved with his hands, they’re a lot sharper. His wrestling, his jiu-jitsu too, he hasn’t stopped training. He hasn’t fought, but he hasn’t stopped improving over the past two years since he [last] fought in the Octagon. He’s a far better fighter, but he still has that same mentality. He’s still as sharp as ever, he’s still intelligent in there as always. I’m just excited to see him back in there.”

Check out Owen Roddy’s episode of the Eurobash podcast below. MMA Fighting’s Peter Carroll is joined by former Cage Warriors flyweight champion and UFC veteran Neil Seery, and Off The Ball’s Niall McGrath to discuss all of the recent developments on the European MMA scene. The Owen Roddy interview begins at 46:00.