Regardless of the shape of the ring, Conor McGregor is preparing to fight in he’s a man who loves to make headlines. The UFC star, who famously lost to boxing pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas last summer, has gone and done it again by inviting the public to what was thought to be a closed press conference to promote UFC 229.
It has been a strange year for the Irishman and fans will be delighted to see him back in the Octagon after a change of sport followed by a street brawl which saw him and a group of associates attack a bus containing some of his MMA rivals, leaving them covered in shattered glass.
That was back in the spring, but McGregor’s latest publicity stunt has propelled him into the public eye once again and it’s another outburst that won’t sit well with UFC officials.
Conor was joined by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC President Dana White, as well as a collection of the world’s media, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Numbers were limited, as they often are at this stage of preparations, but sports fans found out quite some time ago that following the rules isn’t one of McGregor’s strong points.
The former two-weight champion took to social media in the build-up, tweeting millions of followers his idea on how they can gatecrash the party. The cost of a pass into the building under McGregor’s name – a bottle of his newly launched Proper Twelve Irish whisky. If that wasn’t cheeky enough, the fighter went on to promise supporters and new customers buying two bottles would secure them a place at the front.
A clever marketing ploy to build more awareness of his latest brand? Of course, and it’s highly likely Dana White will have a few harsh words to say to Mr McGregor away from the cameras and microphones, but he can hardly be surprised, accepting some time ago the sport’s most famous face is unpredictable, to say the least.
UFC 229 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday 6th October with Conor v Khabib expected at around 3.00am Sunday morning UK time. Bookmakers wasted no time in going forward with their thoughts on the winner of that clash and they, once again, have McGregor as the underdog. That’s sure to cause a stir amongst the Irishman’s loyal fan base, resulting in a flood of money for the upset at +125.
The early 2 at Paddy Power on this bout has Khabib Nurmagomedov as a convincing favourite with -175 chalked up on the board. That’s tight but much of the competition are happy to go much shorter, looking to stay on the right side of the Russian.
If you agree and fancy having your cash on Khabib silencing long-time rival McGregor there’s a number of ways you can bet on the fight. The method of victory has a submission at +260, KO/TKO/Disqualification +350 and the decision or technical decision +400.