Not only was McGregor unpunished for his assault in Brooklyn that injured three and affected four fights in total on the UFC 223 card, he was rewarded for his actions with a fight that was hailed as the biggest in the sport's history the moment it was signed.
"For me, this is more than a fight for the title", he said. "I have to focus on my weight cut".
"I have to be careful with him", Nurmagomedov said.
"To be honest, I don't want [McGregor] to go to jail".
"He has to kill me to stop me", said the Russian.
"Whoever has the belt, (I want to fight)", Pettis said.
"I'm a little bit emotional", said Nurmagomedov, who lives and trains in San Jose. "I'm going to settle this the noble way for myself and see what happens after that".
McGregor's grudge match with the undefeated Nurmagomedov has been almost two years in the making and has the potential to be the biggest fight in mixed martial arts and UFC history. "I always say you should aim for peace, but if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes, and that's it". He doesn't want to be around these people. I don't give a f-- about this guy. I'm gonna to aim right between that man's eyes and this is never over.
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"To be honest, I prefer that anyway".
But it is McGregor's bombastic personality and star power that drives the hype for the fight, much like it did the last time he fought in a boxing ring last August in a knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. "He's a rat bastard, and I'm going to get him on Saturday night". "I'd like to fight Ali".
Conor McGregor was involved in an altercation last April at the Barclays Center in NY after he and a group of supporters attacked a bus with several large objects, smashing out a window and leaving a UFC fighter injured.
Khabib is the favourite at [1.63] at the time of writing but if you are planning on having a bet, he is likely to drift as the contest approaches with recreational punters betting on McGregor on the back of Media Day on Wednesday and the Weigh-In on Friday.
Unlike McGregor, who prefers striking to fighting on the ground, Nurmagomedov is skilled at getting his opponents down and forcing them into submission. "This is never over; never, ever, ever over".
UFC 229's co-main event of the evening is also a tasty affair which comes in the form of a lightweight bout between former interim 155lbs champion Tony Ferguson and undisputed 155lbs titleholder Anthony Pettis.
The final press conference ahead of UFC 229 was an unusual affair at the best of times, but it got odd when the Irishman went after opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager in a wild rant.