Khabib Nurmagomedov leaves conference before late Conor McGregor shows up

Virginia Santiago
October 8, 2018

They'll finally get a chance to settle the beef once and for all on Saturday at UFC 229.

LAS VEGAS - Conor McGregor is notoriously late for most UFC-related obligations. While the undercard has drawn some criticism, this is far from a one-fight show.

"When a guy makes 100million U.S. dollars you don't know whether he's ever going to fight again", White said.

McGregor has made a habit of arriving late to scheduled events during his UFC career and continued it at by turning up on his own time to a press conference in NY last month.

After 15 minutes of answering questions while the crowd attempted to drown him out, the native of Russian Federation delivered on his threats to leave when McGregor never showed. The problem was the media could only ask questions to the unbeaten fighter and White because McGregor wasn't there yet. Everybody needs money, especially McGregor, when you're buying castles and private jets and doing something insane and need lawyers. He also expressed his opinion that McGregor is the biggest star in all of combat sports. There must be a McGregor fight! Khabib had left by the time McGregor showed up. "I'd like to fight Ali".

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Not with thoughts of the biggest UFC pay-per-view in his head.

"After my surgery I made a conscious decision to not want anybody else's help that wouldn't want to help me", Ferguson said.

The away fans chanted McGregor's name ahead of UFC 229.

Nurmagomedov had earlier been given a hostile reception from a largely pro-McGregor crowd and appeared to cut his session short in order to remonstrate with his foe's supporters. The Irishman and his squad are literally in a war situation with the Dagestani fighting squad led by Khabib.

The animosity between the pair memorably escalated in April when McGregor threw a hand truck at a bus carrying several UFC fighters, including Nurmagomedov, who won the vacant lightweight title just a couple of days later. I am coming to put a hold on this man's skull. Heading into this bout, Nurmagomedov [26-0] has not lost a match in UFC competition, more impressive, he has yet to come up short in a single round inside the Octagon. This fight with Nurmagomedov being the first on the agreement.

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"I'm a little bit emotional", said Nurmagomedov, who lives and trains in San Jose.

"My heart is black toward this man, toward his team, toward his people", McGregor said while promising a knockout victory. He will face current lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. "It's hard to wrap my head around how big this thing has gotten".

"I was screaming at the TV, it was a horrendous performance", McGregor said.

He said that he thinks you might need the money that comes with fighting him, is that true?

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