Tensions Rise At UFC 229 Presser
The first thing Conor McGregor did once taking the stage at the UFC 229 press conference was pull out two bottles of his Proper Twelve whiskey and claim fans should have been in the audience of Radio City Music Hall.
From there he and Khabib Nurmagomedov would verbally spar in front of the press on Thursday, with McGregor putting the pressure on the UFC lightweight champion to make a move during the press conference.
When talking about the fight “Mystic Mac” would rear his head and claim that he will finish Khabib and take his title back.
“Domination,” McGregor said Thursday. “His head bouncing off the canvas. All his pony talk is going to be f*cking put on blast October 6th.”
“I believe, one [round]. He has a glass jaw. The Chechens, my Chechen friends, the soldiers, they told me that they had chicken jaws in Dagestan — and I believe them, because I know a glass jaw when I see one, and I’ve seen this man wobble many times. I’ve seen his brother sparked unconscious in another promotion. I know he is afraid of a smack, and if you’re afraid of a smack off me, a smack will feel like a double-barrel shotgun. So, I believe inside the first, but I have been wrong before. I will be prepared for five rounds. You’re looking at a fighting veteran. I’ve come through it all, I’ve been through it all. I’ve been on both sides of the world.
“I’ve been on the boxing side and I’ve been on this side. I’m ready for any occurrence, but this man is a glass-jawed bum, and I’m going to shatter him — like that [bus] glass was shattered, may God have mercy on its soul — on October 6th.”
“You have to fight only [boxing] because you cannot compete with high-level guys who have wrestling,” Nurmagomedov retorted. “You fight with small guys in featherweight division, and these guys who have wrestling, they give you a lot of problems. What are you talking about? Your wrestling is zero. Your grappling is zero. I’m gonna maul you.”
“Let’s wrestle. Yeah, you hope, mate. You’re going to be wrestling my knuckle out of your orbital bone,” McGregor shot back.
“After this fight, you’re going to go back to boxing,” Nurmagomedov replied.
“I think I’m going to make him tired, and after, play with him. Because when he’s tired, he always give up. He moved to [boxing] and he tapped there. … You’ve tapped four times. You’ve tapped four times. You tap like chicken.”
“So what? I’ll tap your head off the canvas, kid,” McGregor shot back.
When asked by FIGHT SPORTS about Nurmagomedov and other’s criticizing McGregor’s wrestling, the Irish superstar praised his coaches.
“I am very, very well coached,” McGregor said. “My coaching team, coach John Kavanagh, he has coached me very well. We are ready for this. My wrestling coach Sergey Pikulskiy, my striking coaches, my conditioning coaches under the McGregor Fast Program, we are ready here. We are ready for war. We are ready for all outcomes, all situations, all scenarios. Supreme, supreme confidence you are looking at here, so we’re going to go out and enjoy this contest on October 6th, because again, that’s all I’m doing it for. Because I f*cking love it. Don’t have to do it otherwise. It’s just because I love it. That’s it.”
“You really think you’re going to enjoy with me?” asked Nurmagomedov.
“I’m going to love it,” McGregor replied.