The 30-year-old is preparing for a UFC lightweight title fight against undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in the U.S. city, where he trained in an open workout on Wednesday - and made a decision to bring one-year-old Conor Jr along.
The final press conference ahead of UFC 229 was an unusual affair at the best of times, but it got odd when the Irishman went after opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager in a wild rant. I feel his brain is going to rattle when he takes a clatter off me. "This press conference begins now".
Nurmagomedov and McGregor ended up answering questions separately Thursday, though it seemed to do little to dampen the excitement about their 155-pound showdown.
McGregor arrived 28 minutes late to huge cheers from the pro-Irish crowd. He was as salty as ever but markedly toned down from his more rapid performance on September 20 in NY.
"Conor has such a massive fan base that it's hard to move the number that much, so the increase we've seen from him is incredible", White said.
So who's to blame?
McGregor is 2-2 in his last four fights - including the boxing match against Mayweather - and just how big any future paydays will be will largely depend on how he does against Nurmagomedov, the Russian who used to wrestle bears as a youth and who has not lost in 26 MMA fights.
According to Sports Illustrated, "reporters on the scene revealed that McGregor and his entourage threw chairs, trash cans and barricades towards buses that were full of fighters, including Nurmagomedov".
UFC 229 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Nurmagomedov grabbed the microphone even before White got on stage and said, "I don't wait for anyone".
"I don't care about his mentality, I do not care. (Khabib) showed up and said what he had to say".
"Is he inside my head?" While that's not exactly something we're expecting to see from Khabib it certainly feels more likely than the Irishman grinding out a decision, and if Nurmagomedov gets exhausted, then Conor could go for the choke to really rubber stamp his dominance.
Are you going to the fight on Saturday?
"I don't give a f*** about him or his people".
"No, not yet. I need to talk to the big boss, Dana White, to make it happen". I have to worry about myself. I don't think about him.
"If somebody is late, this is not my problem".
"He can say whatever he wants".
Nurmagomedov, who is 26-0 and making the first defence of his title on Sunday, believes he's ability to stay composed in the face of McGregor's wild taunting has the former champ anxious. Now there's a ruckus, they don't want to do 165 I'm like, "what the f*ck?" He is petrified. It is what it is, f-- it. "I don't give a s*** right now". He come with media, with cameras when I'm alone. I think McGregor needs to take this fight. I'm going to eat that man alive. "Honestly, for me it's personal".
McGregor maintained his prediction of a knockout by saying he plans "on knocking that man's nose straight into the nosebleeds" and specifically addressed how he has prepared for Nurmagomedov's dominant wrestling game.
While many fans will justly point to Chad Mendes' short training camp for the loss, there is no question that Conor McGregor proved that he is capable of fighting through adversity in his bout with "Money".
"I would be interested in an Anderson Silva bout". Me and you. One-on-one. "I am a veteran". But the event also pits McGregor against arguably his toughest MMA opponent to date.
"Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a "[expletive] snitch terrorist rat", said McGregor. "This is never over; never, ever, ever over".
"For me, this is more than just defending my title". He was also stripped of his two UFC belts.
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 past year.
McGregor hasn't fought in the UFC since 2016 and his return couldn't come soon enough for the sport.
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