The Notorious Conor McGregor has hit out at the UFC’s media obligations and expressed his intention to concentrate on his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“Sometimes I’m a little confused, Andrew. What the f*ck do they want?
“Do they want me to here to fight or do they want a comedy roast special?
“One minute there’s too much talk and not enough action and fighting and then when it’s fighting there’s not enough talk.
“With all due respect to everyone, f*ck everyone.
“If there’s two things that would keep me away from this game, it’s the intense media obligations and the weight cuts.”
A somewhat agitated, but reserved McGregor revealed his frustration with the “circus” that comes with UFC fights:
“I’ve had my ups and downs with the UFC but we always come to an agreement, we get there in the end.
“This one here, I’m just here for the fight.
“I’m itching to get out there and compete and do what I do best.”
It was a different McGregor to the one we saw in the press conference, he was focused on his target of beating Khabib next Saturday.
Although the personal nature of the fight has given it added interest, especially from the media perspective, McGregor stated that he is treating the Khabib showdown no differently to any other fight:
“It’s a blank face on a new body.”
Finally, McGregor outlined his prediction for the fight in his notoriously confident style:
“I see him turning into a bobble-head when I hit him, I feel his brain is going to rattle when he gets a clatter off me.”
McGregor will get his chance to take his 155-pound belt back at UFC 229 on October 6th, but he’ll have to get through the extremely tough Khabib Nurmagomedov to do it.