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Conor McGregor accuses Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager of being a terrorist

Conor McGregor accuses Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager of being a terrorist

Taking on the powerful champion from Dagestan in his comeback fight represents a colossal gamble by McGregor.

"He knows what he signed up for, it is what it is", McGregor said. "If somebody is late, it's not my problem".

UFC chief Dana White had to scramble to join Nurmagomedov, who stepped on the stage exactly at the appointed time for the final media event before Friday's weigh-in.

Conor showed up nearly 30 minutes late to the event in Las Vegas - blaming insane traffic. He's petrified. I've given you enough faceoffs all these years.

"I'm starting a new weight class because I heard they already wanted to do it anyway, I'm like let's get it poppin". (But) I did not plan this, I tried to get here.

"15 minutes I'm here, this guy didn't come, this is disrespect. have a good night", he said.

UFC 229 "Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor" - which airs live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT - also features a light heavyweight clash pairing former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince St. Preux with the unbeaten Dominick Reyes, a heavyweight battle pitting onetime Bellator MMA champion Alexander Volkov against Derrick Lewis and a women's strawweight affair matching former Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder Michelle Waterson with Felice Herrig.

The fight is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the UFC after McGregor broke a window on a bus Nurmagomedov was on in Brooklyn in a frenzied attack nearly six months ago.

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Nurmagomedov admitted the first defence of his title is not just business for him. I'm going to take his head off. We saw the staredown in NY (at last month's press conference), I want to see the staredown (on Friday).

McGregor (21-3) was ruthless in how he spoke about both Nurmagomedov ("the little chicken-jawed rat that he is") and his manager Ali Abdelaziz ("he's an informant and a f--ing snitch terrorist and I'd like to fight that rat bastard"). He doesn't want to be around these people.

"I am starving for this man's head", he said.

"There will never be peace here". "We'll see. I'm training to fight though, for sure". I'm going to aim right between that man's eyes and this is never over.

With UFC 229 likely to gobble up much of the attention from fight fans, the Professional Fighters League undoubtedly hopes to piggyback on the hoopla as it begins playoffs in two weight classes.

When McGregor did finally arrive, he was carrying a bottle of his new Irish whiskey along with a message to Nurmagomedov.

If any fighter could produce upwards of 3 million buys for a UFC fight, it's certainly McGregor, who joined Floyd Mayweather in producing an absurd 4.4 million buys for their boxing match last August.

He continued saying that Khabib is "too easy to hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I'm going to knock him clean out".