Once again, Conor McGregor showed up late to a UFC press conference. And once again, it was easily worth the wait.
While the conference was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. PST, McGregor didn’t show up until about 3:40, and probably on purpose. McGregor is in full mind-game mode and showing up late has always been in his arsenal of tricks.
By the time McGregor did show up, Khabib was long gone, but nevertheless, the former two-division champion still had plenty to say, particularly about Khabib’s trainer, alleging that he is a terrorist with potential 9/11 ties.
McGregor last fought in the UFC on November 12, 2016, defeating Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC lightweight championship. At the time of his big win, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two different weight classes simultaneously; he was also the featherweight champion at the time.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, claimed the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 223 on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov scored a unanimous decision victory win over Al Iaquinta in the main event. Khabib was initially scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the title, but the bout fell through in the final days leading up to the event and Iaquinta stepped up on short notice.
UFC 229 takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC 229 main card will air on pay-per-view, with preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.