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Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov: Russian says he will win fans over

Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov: Russian says he will win fans over

This will be his eleventh UFC bout but before that McGregor had 14 fights in which he made his name. However, even setting aside all the bravado and money, inside the cage, McGregor's probably among the Top 10 fighters of all-time and has an exciting style, to boot.

By the time McGregor did show up, Khabib was long gone, but nevertheless, the former two-division champion still had plenty to say, particularly about Khabib's trainer, alleging that he is a terrorist with potential 9/11 ties. "If somebody is late that's his problem".

Nurmagomedov and UFC president Dana White arrived on stage at exactly 3 p.m. local time, when the event was supposed to begin.

McGregor turned up nearly 25 minutes late for the media conference, about 10 minutes after the Russian champion had left the stage.

"At the end of the day when I sign up you're going to get a fight", McGregor said. I have to make weight. If they're (UFC) trying to have me headline Madison Square Garden they don't got nobody else. "I'm sure he's hunting for a few quid as well".

The public was admitted free to the event, and most of the crowd of about 2,000 was for McGregor, who suggested Nurmagomedov might have been intimidated by the surroundings.

The fight is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the UFC after McGregor broke a window on a bus Nurmagomedov was on in Brooklyn in a frenzied attack nearly six months ago. Why (do) I have to think about him, (if) he comes or not?

Nurmagomedov admitted the first defence of his title is not just business for him.

Conor McGregor right had a lucrative boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather last year
Conor McGregor right had a lucrative boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather last year

"He's too easily hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I'm going to knock him clean out", added McGregor, branding his rival a "smelly Dagestani rat". We saw the staredown in NY (at last month's press conference), I want to see the staredown (on Friday). "I am starving for this man's head". He doesn't want to be around these people. Iaquinta did little but survive, and Nurmagomedov was even able to handily beat him on the feet.

"I would be interested in an Anderson Silver bout". "F*** peace, there will never be peace", McGregor said.

"Now he is focused on his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, after this fight I am ready for this challenge!"

"He has to kill me to stop me", said the Russian. "Never, ever, ever, over".

"It's more than fighting for the titles", he said.

But it is McGregor's bombastic personality and star power that drives the hype for the fight, much like it did the last time he fought in a boxing ring last August in a knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Nurmagomedov commented on the altercation, telling MMAFighting.com that he didn't want McGregor to go to jail and would rather settle their issues fighting.


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