UFC 229 Presscon
So Conor McGregor is back with a fight vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, and it’s more than his MMA fight he’s here again for. Not a surprise though, he always offers something more.
Before going into the details, let’s admit it: in a way or another we missed the ‘Notorious.’ All the antics and showmanship he comes with, plus the bizarre insults, have been off for a while.
Also, we all missed how McGregor’s fans can’t get in his UFC 229 presscon, but he can effortlessly sneak in a bottle of whiskey.
Offered Khabib a Drink
Current UFC lightweight champion Khabib (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC) and ex-champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) recently met in New York to promote their upcoming UFC 229 main card fight on October 6 in Las Vegas.
It was one of the most bizarre and uncomfortable pressers in the history UFC. A lot was going on, and things got really personal, which made fans even more excited to witness them fight.
Surprisingly, it was a no-touch encounter. McGregor hasn’t thrown anything to his Russian rival except threats and bad mouth. Well, it can be considered a major improvement from their last Big Apple face off.
In terms of the physical aspect, the most aggressive thing McGregor did was offer Khabib a cup of his self-owned whiskey brand. He was rebuffed on religious grounds though.
The ‘Notorious’ was able to sneak in a variety of his whiskey’s bottles but gloriously managed not to smash one of them on Khabib’s head. It’s almost like he’s trying to be a good citizen, not doing anything to destroy his probation.
What McGregor did in his presscon is be the ‘Notorious salesman’ that he is, promoting not only his significant fight next month but his whiskey brand. Read that right, he excellently sold his upcoming pay-per-view, while raising a bottle of his whiskey amid reporters’ questioning.
The UFC, who has had McGregor for a lot of years now, did not make it easy for him this time. They denied his fight a live presscon with a bunch of adoring fans (settling instead for a few adoring members of the media), to keep things from getting out of control.
Despite this, 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.
When White was pressed if McGregor’s next fight would make him, the highest-earning fighter’s in UFC’s history, and the promotion chief kept no reserve.
“Absolutely,” responded White.
“It’s going to be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done. We’re trending at 2.5 million pay-per-views. It’s one of the biggest ever. Not just the UFC, but ever.”
Watch the Notorious promotion below:
White has not talked about the specifics of the new deal. But, part of the agreement includes promoting McGregor’s whiskey business as an official sponsor. It looks like he’s bagging more than his fight’s worth in this match.
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