THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/4 – Khabib-Conor open workouts, UFC 229 press conference, Till moving up

By Michael Hiscoe

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Open workout quotables

Open workouts are a UFC fight week tradition. They are typically an opportunity for fans to see the fighters up close for free ahead of the fight, and to get some mid-week media coverage. These events usually range from moderately interesting yet uneventful to completely boring and pointless. Wednesday’s UFC 229 open workouts featured a cast of characters that command much more attention than the typical UFC card. Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Tony Ferguson  were all in attendance and dropped some interesting quotes for fans ahead of the fight.

McGregor on his fight night strategy: “I’m going to have a proper fight. I’m going to come out there fast. I don’t give a f— about anything. Any wrestling, any technique, anything. I mean anything. I’m coming for that man’s head from the f-ing bell. Trust me on that.”

Nurmagomedov on the boos from fans: “You’re going to like me in three days.”

Tony Ferguson brought some positivity to his post workout interview: “Anything that you’re going through right now, know that there’s light at the end of that f-ing tunnel. Always know that. There’s always room for growth.”

UFC 229 pre-fight press conference video

The final press conference before the big event goes down tonight at 6 P.M. ET. Watch the video live or on-demand below.

Darren Till moving up to middleweight

Recent UFC welterweight title challenger Darren Till announced this week that he intends to move up to middleweight. In a blog post on Paddy Power, Till admitted that he is “a big dude for welterweight,” and will be testing the waters at 185. Till did leave the door open for a return to 170 stating that he’ll “have a few fights at middleweight” before going back down for a rematch with champion Tyron Woodley, should Woodley still hold the 170 pound title.

Fight Announcement

MMA Junkie reports that Carrington Banks will take on Mandel Nallo in a lightweight bout at Bellator 207 on Oct. 12 from Uncasville, Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena. Also announced for the show is a flyweight bout between Sara Click and Kristi Lopez.

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