Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov: Russian says he will win fans over

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But we aren't talking about "any other fighter" here, we are talking about Conor McGregor.

White added: "All the numbers are tracking higher than Mayweather-McGregor and this fight is a global fight, the whole world will be literally watching this fight".

McGregor is returning to the UFC after a near two-year absence against Nurmagomedov, who will make the first defence of the title he won by beating late replacement Al Iaquinta in April. "If somebody is late that's his problem".

Let us get to the breakdown of UFC 229, set for Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas: Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) vs. I have to make weight. These things happen. I did not plan this.

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The public was admitted free to the event, and most of the crowd of about 2,000 was for McGregor, who suggested Nurmagomedov might have been intimidated by the surroundings.

"This guy talks (about) fighting against English, but his grandfather, Christopher McGregor, was with the English navy", Nurmagomedov said in remarks to Irish fans of McGregor this week.

McGregor helped sell the fight before it was even announced, getting charged by NY authorities after throwing a hand truck through a bus window in Brooklyn in April at Nurmagomedov. When the Russian returned, the results were a bit underwhelming; he looked rusty in his tune-up fight against Darrell Horcher and had to overcome a slow start - and getting stunned early - before dominating Michael Johnson. I'm not going to wait. "Get him in the sauna and cook him like the little rat he is".

McGregor, accompanied by about 10 others, "threw a hand truck at a bus, causing an injury to an individual on the bus", Sophia Mason, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department, said. "That's the one I'm more interested in". We saw the staredown in NY (at last month's press conference), I want to see the staredown (on Friday). "I always say you should aim for peace, but if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes, and that's it".

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Asked if he still planned to torture McGregor over five rounds by "sentencing him to 25 minutes in jail", Nurmagomedov said his prediction for how he wins is dependent upon McGregor's toughness. "Never, ever, ever, over".

Nurmagomedov will be making his first lightweight title defense and wants nothing more than to succeed against McGregor.

The Irishman was relieved of the crown because of his hiatus from the octagon, having made a brief foray into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather in a highly lucrative contest in August previous year.

Nurmagomedov commented on the altercation, telling MMAFighting.com that he didn't want McGregor to go to jail and would rather settle their issues fighting.

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