White wondered whether McGregor would return to the UFC after a lucrative foray into boxing a year ago to take on former pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather. He said if the fight reaches more than three million pay-per-view buys he stands to make $50 million. Just past the 30-minute mark, McGregor finally arrived to a huge cheer and the former two-division champion answered a steady stream of questions.
The police had earlier said that McGregor was a "person of interest" in the matter and that they wanted to question him.
McGregor left his Russian opponent waiting on stage after turning up late to his media duties, later citing heavy traffic due to his presence in Las Vegas as the reason for his poor timekeeping.
The animosity between the pair memorably escalated in April when McGregor threw a hand truck at a bus carrying several UFC fighters, including Nurmagomedov, who won the vacant lightweight title just a couple of days later.
Conor McGregor arrives at a news conference for the UFC 229 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas.
"Conor's not here yet and Khabib said he's not going to wait", White said after rushing out after Nurmagomedov.
"Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a "[expletive] snitch terrorist rat", said McGregor. "I have to focus on my weight cut". "I don't think about him. I'm sure he's hunting for a few quid as well". We saw the staredown in NY (at last month's press conference), I want to see the staredown (on Friday).
Who will win between McGregor and Khabib on Saturday night? I tried to get here. "We're gonna see", Nurmagomedov said.
Khabib has told Conor that he's going to be in for a long night, and if he gets him to the ground, then it's not hard to imagine that prediction coming true.
While Nurmagomedov and McGregor did not see each other on the stage Thursday, their mutual dislike was evident when they spoke about their fight. This man is an absolute monster on the canvas and there's no other way to put it, with his wrestling being viewed as his biggest attribute in this or any other fight.
He continued: "I give his whole team slap and no one say anything". "F*** peace, there will never be peace", McGregor said. "It's the biggest fight in UFC history and we're going to break numbers, but for me it's personal". When the bout was announced back in August, Khabib opened as a -200 favorite, while McGregor was listed at +160. I always say you should aim for peace but if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes.