TMZ caught up with Khabib Nurmagomedov after what must have been a unique experience for the UFC lightweight champion.
Khabib joined the likes of Mendes, Aldo, Diaz and Alvarez in being on the receiving end of a tsunami of Conor McGregor insults.
McGregor’s nasty side has come out at times against Dennis Siver and others, but he reserved particular venom for the Dagestani during their verbal joust on Thursday.
“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.”
Perhaps also angered by the lack of fan presence, the Irishman was forced to create his own buzz, resembling a Tony Montana-like figure as some have suggested.
“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.”
Many viewed the bizarre conference as McGregor failing to get into Khabib’s head, as the ‘Eagle’ sat stoically and let the jibes wash over him for the most part. This looks to be the case in the Anatomy of a Fighter footage taken behind the scenes, but as he told TMZ, Khabib did find issue with one or two of Conor’s antics.
“Were you offended by Conor’s as-salaam alaikum comments?”, he was asked.
“I don’t know about that. I don’t hear this because I don’t understand his language well.
“But I feel like they try to promote this alcohol, and I don’t like when there’s too much cursing. Because too many young guys follow UFC, me and him, and I don’t want to be a bad example for the young generation. We cannot be bad people for young generation. There are too many people watching us.”
If he hopes that McGregor will tone down the vulgar rhetoric in the build-up to their bout, he’s fighting a losing battle. Whether he’ll lose the battle on October 6 is another matter entirely.