"People want to call me weird, 'cringey.' People want to use my s-- and not give me credit".
McGregor is returning to the UFC after a near two-year absence against Nurmagomedov, who will make the first defence of the title he won by beating late replacement Al Iaquinta in April. If someone is late, that's not my problem.
With that violent encounter offering UFC chiefs a built-in marketing campaign, it was only a matter of time before a fight between McGregor and Nurmagomedov was inked.
Conor showed up nearly 30 minutes late to the event in Las Vegas - blaming insane traffic.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor ended up answering questions separately Thursday, though it seemed to do little to dampen the excitement about their 155-pound showdown. "I have to make weight and worry about myself".More news: Emily Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer detained at Kavanaugh protests
"I'm preparing for that dude who's hungry, who doesn't get the shot, who doesn't get the notoriety or the media, because I'm that guy", Ferguson said. "I'm sure he's hunting for a few quid as well".
"The traffic is heavy, there must be a McGregor fight!"
"My heart is black towards this man, towards his team, towards his people, I can truly see the inside of that man's head and smile". I don't think about him.
Nurmagomedov has a mixed martial arts record of 26-0 and is prepared to go to extreme lengths to remain unbeaten in his professional career, saying: "He has to kill me to stop me".
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.More news: Tom Hardy transforms into 'Venom' in rip-roaring thriller
"F-- peace, there will never be peace here", McGregor said.
"To be honest, I don't want [McGregor] to go to jail".
"It doesn't offend me one [expletive] bit, because at the end of the day, he's not fighting me, he's fighting Khabib", Abdelaziz added. I'm going to aim right between that man's eyes and this is never over.
Nurmagomedov had earlier been given a hostile reception from a largely pro-McGregor crowd and appeared to cut his session short in order to remonstrate with his foe's supporters.
If any fighter could produce upwards of 3 million buys for a UFC fight, it's certainly McGregor, who joined Floyd Mayweather in producing an absurd 4.4 million buys for their boxing match last August.More news: GOP senators expect Kavanaugh FBI probe results soon