LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is notoriously late for many UFC-related obligations. If he needs to be at a information convention or open exercise at a sure time, there’s a good probability he’ll present up no less than a half-hour late.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was not going to attend Thursday.
Nurmagomedov took the stage on the Park Theater at precisely three:00 p.m. for a scheduled information convention with McGregor and UFC president Dana White. He picked up a microphone and stated, “It is three p.m., the press convention is starting.”
White was nonetheless within the again when Nurmagomedov got here out and the UFC official stay stream was in the course of a business and planning to run an intro with music earlier than going straight to the rostrum.
“Conor’s not right here but and Khabib stated he isn’t going to attend,” White stated after dashing out after Nurmagomedov. “He needs to start out the press convention with out him.”
Nurmagomedov would reply questions for 15 minutes earlier than leaving, forcing White to stall for 10 minutes earlier than McGregor lastly arrived to the theater at three:25 p.m.
“I need not await no person, that is three p.m., followers are right here, media is right here,” Nurmagomedov stated. “I do not take into consideration him. I’ve schedule and at three p.m. the press convention has to start as a result of I’ve a schedule. I’ve to make weight. I’ve to fret about myself. Why (do) I’ve to consider him, (if) he comes or not? If any individual is late, it is not my drawback.”
Not having McGregor and Nurmagomedov on the identical stage on the identical time, answering questions and going through off two days earlier than arguably the most important combat in UFC historical past, would seemingly be an issue for the UFC, however White was not overly involved with McGregor’s late arrival after Nurmagomedov had already left.
“They’ll see them face off (Friday) when it actually counts,” White stated, referring to the weigh-in. “After they each make weight and so they each mentally are the place they’re after these weight cuts going into Saturday. You can’t deny that the weigh-ins on Friday are the very best day apart from the combat after they sq. off.”
When McGregor did arrive, he acquired a standing ovation from the group on the Park Theater and handed White a bottle of his new signature whiskey.
“He knew what he signed up for, I have been late,” McGregor stated. “The site visitors is just a little heavy. There have to be a McGregor combat happening. I do not know the place he’s. He is higher off operating anyway. He did not say something the final time. It’s what it’s. This stuff occur. I didn’t plan this. I attempted to get right here. He does not wish to be round me. He does not wish to be round these individuals. He is petrified.”
Whereas Nurmagomedov and McGregor didn’t see one another on the stage Thursday, their mutual dislike was evident after they spoke about their combat on Saturday.
“Truthfully for me, that is greater than defending a title, greater than a combat for the title, greater than a important occasion, for me it is private, actually it is private,” Nurmagomedov stated. “It is the most important combat in UFC historical past and we’ll break numbers, however for me it is private.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov each stated they might not shake one another’s palms whatever the consequence and that the rivalry between the 2 would prolong previous Saturday.
“There’s means deeper s— than only a combat on Saturday night time,” McGregor stated. “I’ll settle this the noble means for myself and see what occurs after that … F— peace. There’ll by no means be peace right here. I at all times say it is best to goal for peace however if you cannot goal for peace, goal between the eyes. I’ll goal between that man’s eyes and that is by no means over. By no means, ever, ever, over.”