As time passed, it became increasingly clear that the first Khabib/McGregor presser was an instant classic, but should we expect another heading into fight-week?
Although we don’t mean to gloat, we did call the announcement of the first meeting between the two down to a tee.
To be honest, though, the blueprint for such a monumental event can be found in the past.
It does seems like we’re a long way removed from the widespread worry that the UFC were underpromoting this matchup – and sure, in some ways they still are, but as we saw last week, Conor McGregor managed to come through with a masterpiece of marketing and misdirection.
Any fears we had that this card would be lacking in that special something we’ve come to associate with McGregor fights were put to bed and now, we can all look forward to fight-week.
But will that be it as far as press conference appearances from the Russian and the Irishman are concerned?
History will tell you that any blockbuster event – especially those including McGregor – will have their original pre-fight press conference (the one we watched last week) and then another on fight-week itself.
For UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier, July 5th saw the pre-fight press conference take place, two days before the fight.
For UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre, the blockbuster that preceded it, the pre-fight press conference took place on November 2nd, two days before the fight.
For UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor, Conor’s last in-octagon appearance, the fight happened on November 12 and the presser… you guessed it, two days before on November 10.
Even Dana White himself confirmed in the early days of September that we were set for more than one – telling TSN the following:
”There’s going to be a couple of press conferences. That’ll all be announced after [UFC228].
We’ll do this fight and then we’ll announce all the stuff that’s going on with Conor and Khabib. Nothing like [Mayweather/McGregor]. We should have, but there won’t be enough time.
“These guys, first of all, this is the toughest fight of both of their careers and these guys need time to train and get ready for this fight.
“It’s a month away. But we’re gonna have some good stuff for the press and for the fans.”
So there you have it!
These pre-fight press conferences almost always fall on the Thursday of fight-week so with that in mind, expect to see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor face off once more on Thursday, October 4.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena
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