08 October, 2018
Taking on the powerful champion from Dagestan in his comeback fight represents a colossal gamble by McGregor. There must be a McGregor fight! McGregor's done nothing but make history seemingly every time he appears, so it says a lot that the undefeated Nurmagomedov might be his toughest test to date.
"If somebody is late, this is not my problem".
Other fights on the UFC 229 main card, scheduled to get underway at 10pm ET, include a Women's Strawweight bout between Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig, a Light Heavyweight fight featuring Ovince Saint Preux and Dominick Reyes, and Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov in the Heavyweight division.
On Thursday, White not only didn't bat an eye in McGregor's direction after he stormed on the stage late with a whiskey bottle in hand to comically blame the Las Vegas traffic, he didn't have an issue when asked about McGregor's punctuality.
"At the end of the day when I sign up you're going to get a fight", McGregor said.
Nurmagomedov (26-0) stayed for about 15 minutes, but didn't leave before saying the fight means more to him than just defending the title he won in April at Barclays Center. "I have to make weight and worry about myself".
"I did not plan this, I'm only a few minutes late".
McGregor's attempt to play mind games with another delayed grand entrance, similar to prior events against Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez, backfired in the sense that he never give himself the chance to square off with Nurmagomedov in front of a partisan crowd.
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"We'll see what happens, but I don't think next", McGregor said of a fight with MMA legend Georges St-Pierre.
Instead of having it out with Nurmagomedov directly, McGregor wound up attacking a bus containing fighters and staffers who were at the arena for UFC 223. I don't think about him.
Khabib has told Conor that he's going to be in for a long night, and if he gets him to the ground, then it's not hard to imagine that prediction coming true. We saw the staredown in NY (at last month's press conference), I want to see the staredown (on Friday).
"It took one physical therapist, one person I had to meet after my surgery, to give me a condescending handshake", said Ferguson, on his quick recovery. He doesn't want to be around these people.
"I would be interested in an Anderson Silver bout".
"Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a "[expletive] snitch terrorist rat", said McGregor. "I'm going to take his head off. This is never over; never, ever, ever over".
"This is not only for [a] title fight or my defence of my title, it's a little bit personal, it's a little bit more personal than just a fight".
The company eventually stripped him of both belts for inactivity, though, with his only fight after that an August 2017 boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather.