Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov face-off for the first time

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov face-off for the first time

When Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmadomegov had the first face-off in the leadup to their historic UFC Lightweight Title bout tonight, nobody expected it to be the restrained, respectful, style of press conference often seen at UFC events.

After all, this press conference represented the first time the two had been in the same room together since the bus incident prior to UFC 223. In this, McGregor and his teammates had attacked a bus containing several UFC fighters with the aim of goading Khabib into a street fight.

In an effort to reduce the possibility of any shenanigans happening again, UFC president Dana White announced an unprecedented move earlier this week by saying that no fans would be admitted to watch the conference live. To confuse things, Conor then came out and denied this on Twitter.

In the end, it was White who was correct as fans were not allowed to attend the conference with only media members allowed in the building.

The landmark press conference was broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall in New York, and broadcast around the world on the ESPN youtube channel.

In characteristic McGregor fashion, the press conference was anything but normal. The bombastic Irishman made a point to promote his new brand of whiskey Proper Twelve. McGregor even offered Khabib a glass of his new drink, knowing the lifelong Muslim doesn’t drink alcohol, but that didn’t stop McGregor enjoying a drink with Dana White.

To make things even more intense between the pair, McGregor also alluded to the questionable relationship between Nurmagomedov and the now-imprisoned Russian businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov.

The two then engaged in one of the most intense staredowns in recent memory, with the aura of disdain between the pair unquestionable.

The event only served to add more hype to the incredible buzz surrounding UFC 229. The current UFC pay per view record was is an astronomical 1.6 million buys set at UFC 202 with a card featuring McGregor headlining in a rematch against Nate Diaz. However, according to Dana White, analysis of the trends leading to this event had led him to believe that Conor Vs. Khabib will smash the previous record, and could even break the elusive 2 million buy mark.

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