Conor McGregor insists he would have killed Khabib Nurmagomedov at the Barclay Center
McGregor and Nurmagomedov came face to face ahead of their October 6 showdown in a press conference last night.
McGregor took the stage with his new brand of whisky and took shots with UFC president Dana White.
He was his usual brash and unapologetic self as he bad-mouthed his opponent and detailed how he was going to take him apart inside the Octagon.
But, he also sent a chilling a message of what he would have done had Nurmagomedov emerged from the fight bus during the UFC 223 attack.
McGregor stormed the Barclay Centre on the media day ahead of the event and attacked a bus carrying fighters – including Nurmagomedov, eventually throwing a dolly into the window and injuring several people.
He pled guilty for disorderly conduct in a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time.
But now he has revealed how far he would have gone had the Russian emerged.
“I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that that man had not got the balls to step foot off that bus,” McGregor said.
Conor McGregor came face to face with Khabib Nurmagomedov
“Because trust me, or that the bus doors did not open, because if that bus door had have opened this man would be dead right now.
“He would be in a box and I would be in a cell, and we would not have this great fight ahead of us.”
Those words will ramp up the hate between the pair even more ahead of their Lightweight Championship battle next month.
McGregor had to be held back by White during the press conference as he tried to approach Nurmagomedov as things threatened to boil over.
Conor McGregor showed off his new brand of whisky during the press conference
Conor McGregor and Dana White drank whisky during the press conference
Conor McGregor is preparing for his next UFC fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov
“You say ‘send location’, here I am,” McGregor said. “Did you not see me outside the f***** bus? I showed my hands, no weapons.
“I went there unarmed and he did f***** nothing. He hid and cowered behind women and caused what happened to happen.
“Here’s my location, right here in front of you, do something! You’ll do nothing.”
McGregor, who relinquished the belt after 511 days of inactivity after beating Eddie Alvarez for it in November 2016, is planning on walking away from Las Vegas as the champion again.
“I came back to shut this man up,” he said. “The little weasel…. I will enjoy putting a beating on this glass jaw rat.
“This is called prize fighting but thankfully im such a crap person with my other entities…”
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov faced off
McGregor’s last fight was the infamous Floyd Mayweather boxing match but he insists his eyes are focused on the current opponent ahead of him.
“It’s been a war zone in my camp, we have been preparing for war,” he said of his preparation.
“All you have to do is look at the imagery and video we have released, we have shown glimpses of the true hard work we have put in for this camp. Broken orbital bones, broken zygomatic arches, swallowed teeth, broken feet, broken fingers.
“This fool is saying it’s going to be a long night, trust me mate I’m ready for a long night.
“You hold on to legs for dear life. what kind of fighting is that? What kind of fighting is that? Your fake belt over there, you beat the guy ranked No.11, a real estate agent. You bring that belt up on stage like it’s a real belt?
“You’re a phoney, a fake and I’m going to expose you. You’re going to be smoked on October 6 and I am going to love every second of it. I hope it’s a long night.”
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov went head to head in an explosive press conference
Conor McGregor faces Khabib Nurmagomedov in October
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov fight on October 6 in Las Vegas
And how is he going to go about it?
“Domination,” he said. “His head bouncing off the canvas. All his pony talk is going to be put on blast. I think one [round], he has a glass jaw.
“I know he is afraid of a smack and if you’re afraid of a smack off me, it’ll feel like a double-barrelled shotgun.”
Nurmagomedov, who calmly sat through McGregor’s show on the other side of the stage, warned Notorious he won’t have it all his own way.
“Nothing [is going through my head],” he said. “He showed me his weakness, when he came with 40 people it showed his weakness. Me and him are going to be alone on October 6.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do on October 6, does he think whiskey is going to help him? I think I’m going to make him tired and then play with him. When he gets tired he gives up. He moved to boxing and he tapped there.
“You come for money, I come for legacy.”