Khabib Nurmagomedov has opened up on the shocking physical toll of his victory over Conor McGregor.
The Russian fighter demolished McGregor at UFC 229, making the Irishman tap out in the fourth round.
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Khabib was dominant inside the Octagon, but has since made a shocking revelation about the affect the fight had on his health.
Khabib says he suffered a number of severe seizures the night before the fight, due to the weight he had to lose.
“The day before the fight I did not sleep at all,” he told Russian TV on Sunday.
“I had weight loss and I felt very bad. I was having seizures and I felt very ill.
“But if I lost I would not tell you about this. Because that would have been an excuse.
“However after the weigh-in everything was good. The main thing was my psychological attitude.
“If you are not psychologically ready then your physical training will not help you in the fight.
“I worry like any other fighter – the whole world is watching us.
“I’m not worried that anyone can beat me, I worry only about what I can lose. I am 30 years old and the years have passed very quickly.
“Victory, defeat, all of this is not as important as the good things in life.”
50 Cent to meet Khabib for Bellator talks
Curtis Jackson has confirmed he plans to travel to Russia to meet Khabib after offering the UFC star the opportunity to fight at Bellator.
UFC president Dana White suggested Nurmagomedov could be stripped of his title, while the fighter claimed he might quit the competition, leading rapper and businessman Jackson, commonly known as ’50 Cent’, to give him an opportunity at rival promotion Bellator.
Nurmagomedov replied to Jackson, inviting him to Russia, and the American has now himself responded.
“I’m taking Khabib up on his offer and I’m going to see him and his team in Dagestan after I wrap directing Power,” Jackson wrote, alongside Nurmagomedov’s replies.
He added: “The new face of contact sports is Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is the real deal. I mean he is real and I’m making the deal.”
Jackson may not be the only party to put a deal before Nurmagomedov, however, after Leonard Ellerbe, the chief executive at Mayweather Promotions, was filmed alongside the 30-year-old in Russia on Saturday.
In a video uploaded to Ellerbe’s Instagram page, Nurmagomedov revealed his intention to face boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.