Conor McGregor's most memorable quotes from UFC 229 news conference
Former dual-UFC champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) returned for the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The event marked his first face-to-face encounter with lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC), who “The Notorious” will challenge at the Oct. 6 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The press conference was certainly memorable. It began in classic McGregor fashion – meaning nearly 40 minutes later than scheduled. From there the rollercoaster ranged from an outright ad space for McGregor’s newly launched whiskey brand to discussion about his infamous bus incident with Nurmagomedov in April to deep-cutting personal attacks based around family and politics.
McGregor held absolutely nothing back during his first media appearance ahead of UFC 229, and if you missed it, check below for a recap of his best quotes.
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No fans allowed?
“If I was an owner and I was part of the promotion I would have had (expletive) fans in this arena. Where’s the (expletive) fans at? That’s who we fight for. That’s who pays the bills, that’s who deserves this show.”
The bus incident
“I just thank the lord Jesus Christ that man hadn’t got the balls to step foot off that bus. Because trust me, if that bus door had opened, this man would be dead right now. This man would be in a box and I would be in a cell and we would not have this great fight ahead of us. There are many things I can speak on about that incident about the lead-up and about my emotions and things like that, but there are still many ongoing situations in it, so I am just here to compete.”
“I showed you my hands. No weapons. The first thing I did when I showed up at the bus was I showed him my hands to let him know, ‘I come here unarmed. No weapons. Step off the bus.’ You talked a big game, now I’m here. He done (expletive) nothing. He sat here and took a (expletive) on that bus.”
“When the person you were looking for showed up, you took a (expletive) on the back of the bus.”
“Shame me. You said, ‘Send location.’ Here it is right in front of you. I’m right in front of you. Did you not see me outside the bus? No? Did you not see me outside the bus (expletive) right in front of you?”
“You tapped on the bus windows. I’ll tap your head off the canvas.”
“Here’s my location you little fool. Right in front of you. Do something about it. Do something about it you little fool. You’ll do nothing.”
“You’re going to be wrestling my knuckle from your orbital bone.”
“You’re a fake, lying rat. I’m real. I wear it on my chest. There’s a gorilla on my chest and I wear it proud, mate. I don’t lie about nothing.”
“I’m going to love putting you misery and stomping on your head. … Show up to this fight and we’ll get this over with. Pull out and you know what’s going to happen to you back home, kid.”
“This fool has been saying it’s going to be a long night. I’m ready for a long night. You hold onto legs for dear life. That’s how you fight. You talk, ‘Chicken this, chicken that.’ You (expletive) your jocks with you (expletive) game on top. But you fight like a little (expletive) rat anyway. … I’m going to love every second of it. I hope it’s a long night.”
“I’ll believe one (round to win). He has a glass jaw. All my Chechen friends, they tell me they have chicken jaws in Dagestan.”
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