Exciting His Fans for UFC 229
Conor McGregor is coming back with a momentous octagon match against Khabib Nurmagomedov after a 2-year hiatus. Despite the break from fighting and being in the limelight, the “Notorious” is still the showman that he is.
The former two-division UFC champion will face UFC’s current lightweight champ at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 6, available via pay-per-view. This sizzling matchup will headline one of this year’s most anticipated events.
As we all know, McGregor will not allow the fight to happen without a prior show off. During the UFC 229 open workouts promoting the fight, McGregor had the chance to slam his opponent and put himself up.
Appearing almost 30 minutes late for the event, McGregor went up on stage to address his adoring fans. He just referred to Khabib as a “smelly, Dagestani rat,” whipping the crowd into a roar.
Aside from this bad mouth, McGregor predicted himself a knockout win vs Khabib during the event at the Park Theater. He’s looking forward to a “devastating KO” against the Russian fighter who’s defending his lightweight belt.
McGregor supported his prediction with a statement:
“(He’s) Too easy to hit. Too flat-footed. Too predictable. I’m gonna knock him clean out.”
McGregor, who’s currently the UFC’s biggest star had also put on a show for his fans when he centred a striking demonstration with coach Owen Roddy. The Notorious’ young son, Conor Jr. also went up the centre stage before his father faced the raucous crowd.
UFC 229 will come with another promotion on Thursday at the Park MGM with a press conference at 3 PM. It will now be free for the fans to attend unlike their media-exclusive conference in New York two weeks ago.
Their ceremonial weigh-in will also be open to the public on Friday at 5 PM. McGregor left a pledge among the attendees of Wednesday’s open workouts:
“I’m gonna come out the gate fast,” telling interviewer Megan Olivi. “I don’t give a f*ck about anything — any wrestling, any technique, any anything. I’m coming for that man’s head from the f*cking bell. Trust me on that.”
During the fight’s first media-exclusive presscon, the ‘Notorious’ also showed his salesman skills after sneaking in a bottle of whiskey. McGregor did not only promote his upcoming fight but his whiskey brand as well.
McGregor proudly explained how he was able to bring a bottle of his “Proper No. 12” whiskey, named after his hometown, inside the conference hall. He then asked for a small cup to offer a toast with the media, UFC chief Dana White and of course, Khabib.
“I don’t drink,” was all he got from the timid fighter.
Meanwhile, McGregor closed his UFC 229 open workouts show by throwing the mic on stage. Watch this and his statements against Khabib on the footage below:
He back. He back. pic.twitter.com/JffzUGBMwK
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 4, 2018
Now that McGregor is back, the UFC is spiced up with more trash talk and crowded pressers anew. This expensive fight will surely amass huge revenues and attention from fans worldwide.